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Atlanta Police Department

Policy Manual










Special Order



Effective Date

December 1, 2008



Written Directive Update December 2008

Applicable To: All employees

Approval Authority:  Chief Richard J. Pennington

Signature:  Signed by RJP

Date Signed:  12/18/08


  Table of Contents    

1.          PURPOSE  PAGEREF _Toc216520260 \h 1

2.          POLICY   PAGEREF _Toc216520261 \h 1

3.          RESPONSIBILITIES  PAGEREF _Toc216520262 \h 1

4.          ACTION  PAGEREF _Toc216520263 \h 1

4.1           New Directives  PAGEREF _Toc216520264 \h 1

4.1.1        APD.SO.08.10, “DUI Task Force Shotgun” PAGEREF _Toc216520265 \h 1

4.1.2        APD.SOP.2082, “Outside Agencies to … Training” PAGEREF _Toc216520266 \h 1

4.2           Revised Directives  PAGEREF _Toc216520267 \h 2

4.2.1        APD.SOP.2020, “Disciplinary Process” PAGEREF _Toc216520268 \h 2

4.2.2        APD.SOP.2120, “Employee Transfers” PAGEREF _Toc216520269 \h 2


4.2.3        APD.SOP.2081, “Training Reimbursement” PAGEREF _Toc216520270 \h 2

4.2.4        APD.SOP.3152, “Traffic Accident Review Board” PAGEREF _Toc216520271 \h 2

4.2.5        APD.SOP.4042, “Hostage Negotiators” PAGEREF _Toc216520272 \h 2

4.2.6        APD.SOP.5210, “Special Victims Unit” PAGEREF _Toc216520273 \h 3

4.2.7        APD.SOP.6010, “Communications” PAGEREF _Toc216520274 \h 3

5.          DEFINITIONS  PAGEREF _Toc216520275 \h 3

6.          CANCELLATIONS  PAGEREF _Toc216520276 \h 3

              APD.SOP.4060, “School Crossing Guards”  PAGEREF _Toc216520277 \h 3

7.          REFERENCES  PAGEREF _Toc216520279 \h 3



1.               PURPOSE


This directive summarizes revised directives.  The full text of all current directives can be found on the Horizon intranet site at “http://Horizon.”


2.               POLICY


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


3.               RESPONSIBILITIES


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


4.               ACTION


4.1              New Directives


4.1.1           APD.SO.08.10, “DUI Task Force Shotgun”


This new special order authorizes employees assigned to the DUI task force to carry and deploy the Benelli M1 Super 90 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun.


4.1.2           APD.SOP.2082, “Protocol for Outside Agencies to Attend Training”


This is a new directive, setting policy on permitting employees of other agencies to attend APD training.


4.2              Revised Directives


4.2.1           APD.SOP.2020, “Disciplinary Process”


1.    The revision clearly states in section 3.6.2 that an accused employee gets a copy of form APD 848 prior to questioning. 


2.    Section 4.1.1 clarifies that the OPS commander determines the level of effort in investigations.  It further states that APD takes complaints against the Department as well as against individuals.


3.    The substance of APD.SOP.2023 “Fines for Loss or Damage to City Property” has been incorporated as section 4.14 of APD.SOP.2020.


4.2.2           APD.SOP.2120, “Employee Transfers”


1.    Section 4.4 contains the procedures form APD.SOP.2102 “Patrol Assignments.”


2.    Section 4.6 contains the procedures form APD.SOP.2103 “Airport Assignment Rotation.”


4.2.3           APD.SOP.2081, “Training Reimbursement and Collection Procedure”


This revision clarifies that the SSD commander takes the initial action to request reimbursement from another agency.


4.2.4           APD.SOP.3152, “Traffic Accident Review Board”


1.    Section 4.2.1 changes the composition of the board, removing deputy chiefs and adding line officers and supervisors.


2.    Section 4.2.4 makes a vehicle’s Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) System data available to the board.


3.    The Board will determine the chargeability of an accident but will not review an accident package a second time, for the disciplinary action.


4.    Section 4.3 defines categories of accidents, from minor to severe, and section 4.4 sets minimum disciplinary levels.


5.    The revised SOP incorporates and cancels APD.CM.04.77 “Traffic Accident Reduction.”


6.    This directive went into effect November 15, 2008.


4.2.5           APD.SOP.4042, “Hostage Negotiators”


1.    Throughout this directive some language and format corrections were made. 


2.    This directive was revised throughout changing the CALEA 4th edition standards to CALEA 5th edition standards.


4.2.6           APD.SOP.5210, “Special Victims Unit”


1.    The Child Exploitation Unit has been renamed the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Squad (C.E.O.P.S.). 


2.    Section 4.7.2(7) has been revised to provide guidance on the use of the “A Child is Missing” service, a free service that will telephone residents and business in the area of a missing child.


3.    Section 4.14 has been amended to conform with the changes made to the Property Control Unit procedures.


4.    Section 4.17 was added, addressing buccal swabs.


5.    Sections 4.20, 4.21 and 4.22 have been revised to better guide the Unit’s response to child prostitution, online enticement and child pornography.


6.    Several grammatical changes were made and certain terms and titles were changed to meet current use.


4.2.7           APD.SOP.6010, “Communications”


1.    This directive was revised throughout changing the CALEA 4th edition standards to CALEA 5th edition standards.


2.    Section 4.27 was revised to include that during a Concealed Weapons Eligibility Check, an ACIC operator may be requested to check for warrants and a criminal history of a suspect during the investigation of a suspect carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle without a license.  The Training Academy drafted this procedure, to allow officers to implement the new Georgia House Bill 89, permitting guns in cars.


5.               DEFINITIONS




6.               CANCELLATIONS


                  APD.SOP.4060, “School Crossing Guards” issued August 16, 2004

                  This function was transferred to the Atlanta Public Schools.


7.               REFERENCES