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Atlanta Police Department

Policy Manual










Special Order



Effective Date

September 1, 2008



Written Directive Update September 2008

Applicable To: All employees

Approval Authority:  Chief Richard J. Pennington

Signature:  Signed by RJP

Date Signed:  9/19/08


  Table of Contents    

1.          PURPOSE  PAGEREF _Toc208253634 \h 1

2.          POLICY   PAGEREF _Toc208253635 \h 1

3.          RESPONSIBILITIES  PAGEREF _Toc208253636 \h 1

4.          ACTION  PAGEREF _Toc208253637 \h 1

4.1           Updated Directives  PAGEREF _Toc208253638 \h 1

4.1.1        APD.SOP.1030 Written Directive System   PAGEREF _Toc208253639 \h 1

4.1.2        APD.SOP.2070 Recruitment and Hiring Process  PAGEREF _Toc208253640 \h 1

4.1.3        APD.SOP.3010 Use of Force  PAGEREF _Toc208253641 \h 2



1.               PURPOSE      


This order summarizes revised 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.1030 Written Directive System


1.    Section 4.1.3 of the directive was revised and the last sentence now includes “Command memorandums expire after four years.”


4.1.2           APD.SOP.2070 Recruitment and Hiring Process


1.    The pre-employment physical fitness test portion of the directive has been omitted.


4.1.3           APD.SOP.3010 Use of Force


The following revisions were made to this directive.


1.    The directive was amended to better meet the reporting and analysis requirements of CALEA Accreditation.


2.    Section 4.5.1 was amended to include a limitation on the requirement for reporting discharges to City-issued or approved weapons.


3.    Section 4.5.5 was amended to include reporting requirement for use of force against property.


4.    Sections 3.6, 4.6.5 and 4.8.2 were revised to adequately address the Office of Professional Standards’ critical role in reviewing Uses of Force.


5.    In Section 5.4 the definition of ‘physical injury’ was changed from “physical pain or impairment of physical condition” to “visible impairment of physical condition or the complaint of physical pain.”


4.1.4           APD.SOP.3050 Pursuit Policy


The following revisions were made to this directive.


1.    The directive was amended to better meet the reporting and analysis requirements of CALEA Accreditation.  CALEA standards required an annual analysis of pursuits within the City to determine if training or policy changes are required, and to insure that best practices are followed.


2.    The directive streamlines the reporting process by requiring that completed pursuit reports are sent to Central Records rather than forwarding copies to several different units.


4.1.5           APD.SOP.3150 Vehicle Management


The following revisions were made to this directive.


1.    Section 4.1.3 conflicted with APD.SOP.4010, section 4.16.2.  This conflict was rectified by changing APD.SOP.4010 to agree with this SOP’s section 4.1.3.


2.    Section 4.2.5 lists items that zone supervisors will carry in their trunk packs. The revision gives more detail on how the items will be carried and how many will be carried.  Ammunition was updated from 9mm to 40 caliber.


3.    Section 4.10.1 was updated to show the City Shop for repairing vehicles is now on Howell Mill Road.


4.1.6           APD.SOP.3190 Juvenile Procedures


The following revision was made to this directive.


1.    Section 4.11.3 was changed.  The sentence, “No video recording will be permitted of a juvenile suspect taken into custody, without the prior approval of a judge,” was removed. 


4.1.7           APD.SOP.6070 Grants Management


The following revisions were made to this directive.


1.    Section 3.3 added the following:  “The SSD commander may issue command memoranda to direct APD employees in their role as grant project managers.”


2.    Section 4.2.3 added the following:  “The Chief of Police, or his or her designee, will appoint a new project director as soon as it is known that the current project director has or will be vacating the assignment. When possible, the previous project director will remain temporarily assigned until the new project director is sufficiently trained.”


5.               DEFINITIONS




6.               CANCELLATIONS




7.               REFERENCES