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Atlanta Police Department

Policy Manual












Special Order




Effective Date

October 1, 2006




Written Directive Update

October 2006


Applicable To: All employees

Approval Authority:  Chief Richard J. Pennington

Signature:  Signed by RJP

Date Signed:  10/11/06


  Table of Contents    

1.        PURPOSE  PAGEREF _Toc148372651 \h 1

2.        POLICY   PAGEREF _Toc148372652 \h 1

3.        RESPONSIBILITIES  PAGEREF _Toc148372653 \h 1

4.        ACTION  PAGEREF _Toc148372654 \h 1

4.1      Updated Directives  PAGEREF _Toc148372655 \h 1

4.1.1    APD.SOP.1060 Public Affairs  PAGEREF _Toc148372656 \h 1

4.1.2    APD.SOP.2020 Disciplinary Process  PAGEREF _Toc148372657 \h 2

4.1.3    APD.SOP.2030 Awards  PAGEREF _Toc148372658 \h 2

4.1.4     APD.SOP.2060 Extra Jobs  PAGEREF _Toc148372659 \h 2

4.1.5     APD.SOP.2100 Appointment to Investigator or SPO         PAGEREF _Toc148372660 \h 2


4.1.6    APD.SOP.2190 Atlanta Retired Police Reserve  PAGEREF _Toc148372661 \h 2

4.1.7    APD.SOP.3067 Gang Data Reporting  PAGEREF _Toc148372662 \h 3

4.1.8     APD.SOP.3151 Use of Marked Take-Home Vehicles  PAGEREF _Toc148372663 \h 3

4.1.9     APD.SOP.3183 Extrication Teams  PAGEREF _Toc148372664 \h 3

4.1.10   APD.SOP.4041 Helicopter Unit PAGEREF _Toc148372665 \h 3

4.1.11   APD.SOP.5031 Under Cover Drivers License  PAGEREF _Toc148372666 \h 4

4.1.12   APD.SOP.6070 Grants Management PAGEREF _Toc148372667 \h 4

4.1.13   APD.SOP.6110 Chaplains  PAGEREF _Toc148372668 \h 4

5.        DEFINITIONS  PAGEREF _Toc148372669 \h 4

6.        CANCELLATIONS  PAGEREF _Toc148372670 \h 4

7.            REFERENCES  PAGEREF _Toc148372671 \h 5




1.               PURPOSE


This order summarizes revisions to existing directives. The full text to all current directives can be found on the Horizon intranet site at “http://horizon”. 


2.               POLICY


The Atlanta Police Department will keep its written directives up to date and promptly notify affected employees.


3.               RESPONSIBILITIES


Bureau, division, and section commanders will implement these changes in their commands, making sure that affected employees are notified.


4.               ACTION


4.1              Updated Directives


4.1.1           APD.SOP.1060 Public Affairs


1.    Section 4.3.5 was revised, requiring Departmental employees who release information notify the Public Affairs Unit of the information as soon as possible. 


2.    Section 4.4.1 was revised to ensure that additional requests for information from news media personnel and general public are directed to the Public Affairs Unit for coordination and response.


4.1.2           APD.SOP.2020 Disciplinary Process


1.    Section 4.2.2 was revised to state that if an investigator cannot complete an investigation within 90 days, he or she will send a memo through the chain of command to the OPS commander and the accused employee specifying the reason for the delay.  This documentation then will become a part of the file. 


4.1.3           APD.SOP.2030 Awards


1.    Section 4.5.6 was revised to include a Civilian Supervisor of the Year award.


2.    Section 4.6.1 was revised to implement a longer processing period.


3.    Section 4.6.2 was revised to include a requirement for division commanders to notify Public Affairs Unit.


4.1.4          APD.SOP.2060 Extra Jobs


1. Section 4.1.9 added Lakewood Amphitheatre as a location for departmental employees to work while on initial probation in accordance with the Extra Job written directive.


2.    Section 5.3 revised definition of a Courtesy Officer: Any person who agrees in writing or by verbal contract to work as an employee at anytime on behalf of any owner or management company for an apartment or housing complex and receives free or reduced cost housing as a form of compensation.  The property must be located inside the City of Atlanta.


4.1.5           APD.SOP.2100 Appointment to Investigator or Senior Police Officer


1.    Section 4.4.1 added that an applicant’s practical exercise of the selection process is valued at thirty percent of total score.


2.    Section 4.4.2 added that an applicant’s oral interview section of the selection process is valued at thirty percent of total score.


3.    Section 4.4.3 added that an applicant’s education section of the selection process is valued at fifteen percent of total score.


4.    Section 4.4.4 added that an applicant’s specialized training section of the selection process is valued at ten percent of total score.


5.    Section 4.4.5 added that an applicant’s OPS history section of the selection process is valued at five percent of total score.


6.    Section 4.4.4 added that an applicant’s commander review section of the selection process is valued at ten percent of total score.


4.1.6           APD.SOP.2190 Atlanta Retired Police Reserve


1.    Section 4.5.1 was revised to state retired police reserve officers will be approved to work extra jobs in accordance with APD.SOP.2060 “Extra Jobs”.  They are subject to the same limits, a maximum of 65 hours worked per week and 130 hours per two-week APD pay period.  This is the same standard for active duty officers.


4.1.7           APD.SOP.3067 Gang Data Reporting


1.    Section 3.6 was revised to state that the Central Records Unit will forward data on gang-related incidents. 


2.    Section 5.1 definition revised:  Gang/Criminal Street Gang:  Any organization, association, or group of three or more persons associated in fact, whether formal or informal, which engages in criminal gang activity as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-15-3.  The existence of such organization, association, or group of individuals associated in fact may be established by evidence of a common name or common identifying signs, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, or attire or other distinguishing characteristics.  Such term shall not include three or more persons, associated in fact, whether formal or informal, who are not engaged in criminal gang activity.


4.1.8            APD.SOP.3151 Use of Marked Take-Home Vehicles


1.    The title of this directive was changed from “Vehicles and Vehicle Equipment” to “ Use of Marked Take Home Vehicles.”


2.    Section 4.1(3) deleted references to footbeat and bicycle units.


3.    Section 4.21 (3) Hit and Run Investigators are exempt from wearing their uniforms on off-duty call-backs.


4.    Section 4.2.1 (g) was revised to state, “Officers must not have a chargeable accident from the date of selection in order to remain eligible.


4.1.9         APD.SOP.3183 Extrication Teams


1.    Section 4.3.2 was revised to state that the commander of the Mobile Arrest Team/Mobile Field Force will then advise the protestors of the specific state statute or city ordinance violation that applies (A negotiator may also be utilized for this purpose). He/She will then caution the protestor(s) that if they do not release themselves from their devices voluntarily, they will be placed under arrest. This statement should be made numerous times to ensure that each protestor can hear the command, and understand the repercussions of non-compliance, and provide ample opportunity to respond to the command.


       4.1.10          APD.SOP.4041 Helicopter Unit


1.    Section 2.4 was revised to state, “Unit commander (changed from SOS commander) authorizing other persons (including sworn employees of the Atlanta Police Dept.) to ride in the Departmental aircraft”;


2.    Section 4.1.1 (2) was revised to state that prior to being assigned by the unit commander to the position of Pilot in Command (PIC), the aircrew member must meet the following requirement.  He or she must have logged a minimum of 500 flight hours as an aircrew member in an Atlanta Police Department aircraft.


3.   Section 4.1.2 (2) was revised to state that prior to being assigned by the unit commander to the position of Tactical Flight Officer, the aircrew member must meet the following requirements of having successfully completed all Tactical Flight Officer training requirements.


4.    Section 4.1.3 (5) deleted “Be a POST Flight Instructor”.


5.    Section 4.2.1 (4) deleted “Have completed a minimum of one hour of flight instruction from the unit’s flight instructor in the preceding six months” revised to “Completed any necessary ground instruction/refresher training as determined by the unit commander”.


6.    Section 4.2.2 (2) deleted “Have logged no less than one hour of flight instruction in the past six months”.


7.    Section 4.3.3 revised “Aircraft N13PD is now N368PD and N72PD is no longer in the fleet”


8.    Section 4.18.6 was revised to state that annually, the unit commander will coordinate with the Atlanta Police Department Academy to request Factory Pilot Recurrence training in the make/model of aircraft being flown by the Helicopter Unit. Training will consist of a minimum of three hours of flight and eight hours of ground instruction. Documentation will be kept on the type of training and attendance. Certified factory employees will give instruction.


9.    Section 4.20.1 was revised to state all pilots assigned to the Helicopter Unit will be given an annual check ride by a Certified Flight.


4.1.11           APD.SOP.5031 Under Cover Drivers License


1.    In all areas the “SES administrative Officer” was changed to “SES commander or their designee”.


 2.   Section 4.5.5 was added to include that the Office of Professional Standards commander will adhere to all of the procedures described in section 4.5.


4.1.12         APD.SOP.6070 Grants Management


1.    Section 3.2 was revised to delete that the Grants Manager reports to the Chief of Police.

2.    Section 7 Atlanta Code Section number has been changed to (2-910).


4.1.13         APD.SOP.6110 Chaplains


1.   Section 1 was revised and states: To establish the Atlanta Police Department Chaplaincy Corps and the selection process for staffing it; to coordinate with organized religions, NPU's (Neighborhood Planning Units), human service agencies, and the Atlanta Police Department for the betterment of society.


5.               DEFINITIONS




6.               CANCELLATIONS





7.            REFERENCES