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Award Honorees

Congratulations to the 2020 public safety award nominees! For full nominee information, click each name below.

Paramedic Malcolm Defleice
MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service

Lieutenant Michael Goins
Marietta Police Department

Shift Supervisor Christopher Hayes
Cobb County 911

Engineer Ryan Knechtel
Smyrna Fire Department

Detective Brian Moon
Kennesaw Police Department

Firefighter Ron Presley
Marietta Fire Department

Deputy Sheriff Tyrone Reid
Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

Police Officer Matthew Smith
Kennesaw Police Department

Field Intelligence Officer Greg Stacy
Kennesaw State University Police Department

Training Manager Krista Tillman
Puckett EMS, LLC

Detective Evan Wallace
Acworth Police Department

Battalion Chief Stephen Westbrook
Smyrna Fire Department

 

Public Safety Units

Cobb Fire EMS Division
Cobb County Fire Department

Officers Quinius Lyles and Andrew Abernathy
Cobb County Police Department

CCPD Community Affairs Unit
Cobb County Police Department

KSU Office of Victim Services
Kennesaw State University DPS & University Police Department

MPD Crime Interdiction Unit
Marietta Police Department

Officers Taylor Elliott, Robert Pfeiffer, Jake Prough
Smyrna Police Department

 


Paramedic Malcolm Defleice

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service

Recognized by his peers as a strong mentor to new paramedics as well as veteran EMTs, Paramedic Malcolm Defleice is an AHA instructor for both basic and advanced disciplines, exhibiting a high level of patience and understanding in his role.

Throughout his 16 years of service in public safety, Malcolm has bravely faced multiple MCI situations where demonstrating quick thinking, care coordination, and safe patient transportation were essential to ensure a controlled situation and successful result. When there is room for improvement, he is the first to share ideas to elevate patient care system wide.

Also committed to serving within his community and beyond, Malcolm has led CPR instruction locally, in addition to serving overseas where he has treated our military and the locations’ citizens. He has mentored countless EMTs and paramedics to ensure that his community will have the best of the very best on hand responding to medical emergencies. He has taught all he has come in contact with to strive for excellence in improving patient outcomes, and works tirelessly at MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service and Grady EMS as a paramedic and educator. He maintains his IFSAC Firefighter I and II to stay on top of current information. Throughout his career, Paramedic Malcolm Deleice has maintained a motto of: "the goal is to mentor and coach, not just to teach."

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Lieutenant Michael Goins

Marietta Police Department

A dedicated public safety veteran of 36 years, Lieutenant Michael Goins’ leads the Marietta Police Department’s newest initiative to combat and prevent repeating opioid-related overdose events: ASSIST (Active Substance Intervention Solutions Team). The program attempts to redirect those who become addicted to opioids and save them from the deadly cycle of addiction. The ASSIST Team offers several important touchpoints to overdose survivors, including plain-clothes visits, recovery resources and one-on-one conversations. Since the program’s inception, the ASSIST Team has had contact with nearly 40 overdose survivors.

In August of 2019, Marietta Police Officers responded to a call of an unconscious woman at her residence. The woman was found with no breath or heartbeat. After receiving CPR and two doses of Narcan, the woman slowly regained consciousness. Within 24 hours, an ASSIST Team member had contacted the victim at her home. She explained that she had begun taking synthetic opioids after a recent divorce, and had quickly become addicted. She was receptive to the ASSIST Program, and soon appeared at a recommended recovery facility to start on the path to reclaiming her life. This accomplishment truly embodies the spirit of the ASSIST Program and Michael’s hard work and determination to ensure its success.

Beyond his commitment to the safety and wellbeing of his community, Michael currently serves as the President of the Marietta Police Athletic League (PAL) Board of Directors. HE  was instrumental in forming the Marietta PAL chapter, through which Marietta can utilize sports as a basis for positive interaction between police officers and the community’s youth.

From the start of the Marietta PAL Program through today, Michael has helped to organize, plan, coordinate and participate in numerous PAL programs, serving over 6,000 youth and their families. He has also acted as the Marietta Middle School’s 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach for over 20 years. Lieutenant Michael Goins’ dedication and love for his community shines through in everything he does.

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Shift Supervisor Christopher Hayes

Cobb County 911

As a shift supervisor, Chris Hayes is always working to find impactful ways to motivate and support those on his shift. As part of D-shift, he often works with newer employees, acclimating them to a successful career in 911. He always provides positive praise on a job well done, and takes full advantage of moments to train his peers and push them to the best of their abilities.

On the job, Chris is fully devoted to his responsibilities, often working with his peers to ensure they have the tools they need to perform any task assigned. On a daily basis, Chris is willing to work radios, answer in-coming calls for service, and fill in wherever needed to ensure the job is done effective and efficiently.

Although not directly on the scene, as a 911 Operator, Shift Supervisor Chris Hayes makes a positive impact on caller's lives daily. His actions and dedication to his duties over his 12 years of service in public safety actively improves the quality of life of those who live, work and visit Cobb County.

Working during the early morning hours of April 2019, Chris answered a 911 call from a female reporting that her husband was possibly having a seizure. In seven seconds, Chris had processed the information and dispatched the call, all while continuing to gather information and calm the caller. He was able to determine the caller was describing agonal breathing, and immediately began providing CPR instructions. Throughout the call, he remained calm and professional and was able to reassure the caller on the steps to take and that a response was on its way. When units arrived on the scene, they continued CPR and the male made a full recovery. Without Shift Supervisor Chris Hayes’ expert directions and composed actions during a high-risk situation, the outcome could have been much different.

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Engineer Ryan Knechtel

Smyrna Fire Department

In January of 2020, the Smyrna Fire Department was in the process of filling the Support Services position within the administration. Soon after the posting was announced, fifteen-year public safety veteran Engineer Ryan Knechtel was injured while on duty. The injury was significant enough that it would require surgery and several months on restricted duty.

SFD decided to tap Ryan to temporarily fill the Support Services position, and he hit the ground running. He immediately made an impact on facility improvements and apparatus repairs, and identified needed equipment for improved emergency services.

Ryan rarely encountered an issue he couldn’t find a solution for, and took ownership of each and every assignment. His resolve during his physical therapy and ability to raise the level of performance in the Support Services position was felt throughout the entire organization.

Ryan also became a mainstay in command staff meetings, proving to be the ideal team player—and often the point man for key projects. He led the reorganizing of specialized equipment for all the response fleet, the coordinating of two renovations (at Station 1 and Station 3), and the reestablishing of a maintenance schedule for essential equipment.

Engineer Ryan Knechtel set a new standard and expectation for those assigned to restricted duty, and demonstrated excellence, despite the challenges of taking on a new role while rehabilitating a significant injury.

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Detective Brian Moon

Kennesaw Police Department

In June of 2019, just two years after graduating from the police academy, Detective Brian Moon was assigned to the Kennesaw Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective. Within three months of his assignment, he had solved a number of complex cases, including a drive-by shooting where he charged four perpetrators in relation to the shooting. Through this investigation, he obtained court orders for the suspects’ Snapchat accounts and, in turn found a video of them with an Atlanta Police Department vest, TASER, and pistol. Working with APD, the suspects were found and charged with theft of the police equipment where the crime occurred.

In January of 2020, the Kennesaw Police Department received a BOLO (be on lookout) in reference to a possible human trafficker operating in the Metro area. The Atlanta Police Department made contact with the victim after they received calls of her wanting to jump off a hotel balcony in Atlanta. The victim and suspect gave false names and info of the perpetrator, but did provide partial correct info, which was passed on in the BOLO. They were unable to identify the suspect and requested assistance from surrounding agencies. That same day, Brian was able to identify the suspect through an exhaustive investigation and provide his identity to the Atlanta Police Department and the FBI, where the suspect was successfully charged.

Also in January of 2020, Detective Moon investigated an armed robbery at U-Club Apartments. After an extensive investigation, he arrested and charged seven perpetrators with 12 criminal counts each. One of the suspects was later connected to a shooting that the Woodstock Police Department was investigating.

Detective Brian Moon’s service to his community, personal initiative, and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, and are always in keeping with the highest standards of the Kennesaw Police Department and law enforcement in general.

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Firefighter Ron Pressley

Marietta Fire Department

An 18-year veteran of the Marietta Fire Department, Firefighter Ron Pressley is known as an important asset to his department and compassionate figure within his community. He leads by example, mentoring potential MFD candidates through coordination with its training division and acting as lead instructor for the department’s swift water rescue class.

Outside the department, Ron has made personal relationships with members of the community. Across the street from Marietta Station 52 is an elderly resident who lives alone, is unable to drive to the grocery store, and has difficulty cooking for herself. Each shift, Ron takes a few moments to visit, provide a meal, and check on her well-being. During spring, she expressed a desire to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Ron prepared a small area in her backyard with stepping-stones and a table and chair. He then repaired her ramp so she could walk outside and enjoy her new sitting area.

Ron also showed his compassion to another resident, who often provided meals for Station 52, by taking her out to dinner. He also put her in touch with the elderly resident across from Station 52, and now the two women visit the grocery store together.

For many years, Firefighter Pressley has also served as a team leader for animal rescue missions. After natural disasters, he has traveled both domestically and abroad to rescue family pets. On his off days, Ron often volunteers with “Forgotten Paws,” a local animal shelter. He is a shining example to his department of a public safety professional dedicated to his work and community.

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Deputy Sheriff Tyrone Reid

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Tyrone Reid is a 23 year veteran of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, currently assigned to the Transport Unit of the Detention Division.

In March of 2020, while off duty, Deputy Reid was sitting in his personal vehicle at the Lenox Square Mall when he observed five African-American males, followed by a single Hispanic male, exit the mall and walk across the parking lot in a verbal altercation. Suddenly, the Hispanic male punched one of the men, knocking him to the ground. Deputy Reid immediately exited his vehicle to prevent any further altercation, but prior to making contact, one of the African-American males produced a firearm and discharged two shots into the head of the Hispanic male, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Before Deputy Reid could get close enough to challenge them, the five males quickly entered their vehicle and sped off. Before making it out of the parking lot, their vehicle struck another car entering the parking lot. Four of the males immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Deputy Reid then approached the wrecked vehicle, drawing his service weapon and giving commands to the fifth suspect to exit the vehicle and lie on the ground. The suspect complied with Deputy Reid’s instructions, which allowed him to contact 911 while continuing to cover the suspect. Deputy Reid held the suspect at gunpoint until multiple Atlanta Police Department units arrived. Deputy Reid turned the suspect over to the Atlanta Officers and subsequently provided a full statement to the lead detective for the investigation into the four other suspects.

Deputy Reid’s actions while off duty were heroic and representative of the finest that law enforcement has to offer.

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Police Officer Matthew Smith

Kennesaw Police Department

Officer Matthew Smith began his law enforcement career with the City of Kennesaw in 2017.

In December of 2019, Officer Smith was assigned to night watch and was dispatched to a medical call involving a 5-year-old boy with developmental disabilities. Upon Officer Smith’s arrival on the scene, he quickly determined that the child was not breathing and had an obstructed airway. Though the Fire Department and EMS had not yet arrived on the scene, he worked to clear the child’s airway and began CPR, successfully resuscitating the child. Due to the child’s developmental disabilities, additional medical aid could not be immediately rendered and the child stopped breathing again. Officer Smith, along with arriving EMS personnel were able to resuscitate the child a second time and stabilize him for further medical treatment.

Officer Smith’s quick and decisive actions on that night, only two years into his public safety career, directly resulted in a child’s life being saved.

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Field Intelligence Officer Greg Stacy

Kennesaw State University Police Department

In January of 2013, Field Intelligence Officer Greg Stacy began his career with the Kennesaw State University Police Department as a dispatcher. As a go-getter taking initiative at every opportunity, he quickly rose through the ranks to assignment with the Uniform Patrol Division, where he became known as an example-setter and empathetic leader.

Officer Stacy recently volunteered to become one of the officers in the newly formed Field Intelligence Officers program. The FIO program is an intelligence unit comprised of uniform officers assigned to Uniform Patrol Division who gather and share gang related information with multiple jurisdictions and works closely with the Criminal Investigations Division.

In January of 2020, Officer Stacy observed a vehicle with a broken taillight and without headlights activated. Officer Stacy made contact with the driver and the vehicle’s occupants. During his contact he observed articles of clothing that still had security tags attached to them, sitting in the back seat. Officer Stacy conducted a search of the vehicle and located a Guess purse that contained a second homemade “bag” that was made with heavy aluminum foil and duct tape. The homemade “bag” was recognized as a tool used to bypass the “Electronic Article Surveillance” system at retail stores. While examining the Guess purse further, Officer Stacy discovered 5 rectangular pills inside the purse, later identified as Xanax.

Officer Stacy continued the vehicle search and located a loaded handgun, counterfeit money, clothing and purses with security tags still attached and a security tag removal device. Due to his training and attention to detail, the incident resulted in the individuals being arrested and charged with a number of crimes.

 


Training Manager Krista Tillman

Puckett EMS, LLC

Training Manager Krista Tillman is always supporting and motivating employees. Through teaching continuing education and offering guidance in personal development, she is committed to the welfare and benefit of all her peers.

A 15-year public safety veteran, each step of Krista's career advancement has seen her make a significant impact on her peers and community. During an early tenure as a Field Paramedic, Krista was the recipient of several awards for excellent patient care. She was the recipient of the 2009 Lazurus Award for the successful resuscitation of a pulse-less patient. In 2010, she received the IMPACT Award for the critical management of a severely injured patient that would have perished without her immediate intervention.

As EMS Program Director, Krista led Puckett's initial education programs to one of the highest success rates in the National Registry’s cognitive testing, demonstrating how instrumental she was in the development and education of new EMT's and Paramedics.

Krista also manages CARES (Cardiac Arrest to Enhance Survival) for Puckett EMS. This national registry database offers profound scientific data to help treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Through Krista's direct involvement, Puckett EMS maintains one of the highest survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest.

Krista assisted several local business in obtaining an AED and even taught many free CPR classes to their employees. In 2016, she spearheaded a program that placed AED's in all public buildings and police cruisers in the City of Powder Springs. In 2018, Krista continued her efforts to support local organizations by teaming up with the Atlanta Autism Speaks Walk Campaign.

Krista continues to operate as a shining example of an individual committed to making a difference. If it were not for her, Puckett EMS would not be the successful organization it is today. Caring, Commitment, Community are the cornerstone values of Puckett EMS, and these values hold true for Krista Tillman.

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Detective Evan Wallace

Acworth Police Department

Detective Evan Wallace has been a law enforcement officer for nearly a decade, but he has the youthful determination and excitement of a first-year officer. He is always able to find a positive in even the most difficult of situations, and this positive attitude spreads to and influences his peers. Out in the community, he is able to quickly establish trust, and his personality enables him to deescalate most situations quickly. He thinks quickly, makes great decisions, and maintains control at all times. Even when presented with cases with few leads, Detective Wallace’s tenacity and persistence has often enabled him to make connections and solve some of the most difficult cases.

Aside from his ability to expertly unravel challenging cases, Detective Wallace is often recognized for his extreme empathy. He believes that he should treat others not just as he would want to be treated, but as he would want a member of his own family to be treated. He recently responded to a case of a moped that was stolen from an apartment complex. The owner of the moped had a developmental disability, and the vehicle was his only means of transportation back and forth to his workplace. When the moped was located, it was towed to a salvage yard and would only be returned for a fee of $350. It disheartened Detective Wallace to think that the victim of a crime would have to pay just to retrieve his own property. Even worse, he drove the owner to the salvage yard to pick up the vehicle, but they discovered that the moped was completely destroyed and inoperable. Now, Detective Wallace saw this as an opportunity to help

Recognizing that the owner did not have the funds to purchase a new vehicle, and would be unable to work without it, Detective Wallace took up a collection for the purchase of a new moped. Then, he arranged for the new moped to be delivered to the owner at his home.  The man was overjoyed when APD officers surprised him with a brand new moped. 

Detective Wallace went well above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the man would be able to continue working, and also to know that his police department is here for him if he is in need.

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Battalion Chief Stephen Westbrook

Smyrna Fire Department

In July of 2019, units from the Smyrna Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the S.P. Richards building, a sprawling structure that was at 99 percent storage at the time of the incident. There were heavy fire conditions reported through both 911 callers and first apparatus on scene. When Battalion Chief Stephen Westbrook arrived to take Command, he was taking Command of what would be the largest structure fire in the City of Smyrna Fire Department’s history.

The contents of the building were predominantly office products, office furniture and office cleaning supplies, including a large quantity of aerosol cans. These materials burn quickly, produce large quantities of smoke and have high thermal energy release rates. Many of the products on display were easily ignited and supported rapid fire spread and growth.

Ultimately, Chief Westbrook’s 28 years of public safety experience set the stage for a successful handling of an incident that would involve seven different fire department and stretch over a week. His quick thinking and ability to establish early command and control over the size of the incident led to a safe, positive and streamlined event.

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Public Safety Units

Cobb Fire EMS Division

Cobb County Fire Department



 

During the COVID pandemic, CCFES EMS Division members Captain Nick Adams (now Division Chief), Lieutenant Wesley Garrett, Firefighter Pharoah Ware, and Firefighter Lee Thomas went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of each CCFES member as they continued to serve the community.

The group acquired and distributed PPE, developed a records management system to track COVID exposures within CCFES, provided training and guidance to all peers on COVID best practices, worked numerous additional hours to manage the division, developed videos to disseminate COVID information, and pioneered a system to decontaminate N-95 masks.

Captain Nick Adams' leadership during the pandemic was also instrumental in the success of his department during the pandemic. He assisted EMA with data entry and acquisition of PPE for all Cobb County DPS employees, worked with Cobb Douglas Public Health to develop and monitor COVID best practices within all DPS, and in combination with Lieutenant Wesley Garrett, acted as the infectious control officers for all of Cobb County DPS.

The department’s first contact with COVID-19 started at the beginning of March. The EMS Division had tracked 905 firefighter exposures, and quarantined 14 firefighters for high-risk exposures. To date, the department has had 13 employees test positive for COVID, though none could be linked to an on-the-job exposure. This success is due in large part to the guidelines provided by CCFES EMS Division. They worked day and night, especially during the initial stages of the pandemic, answering questions, making phone contact with exposed crews, and following up with the receiving hospitals to make sure their personnel received the best information and outcomes.

 


Officers Quinius Lyles and Andrew Abernathy

Cobb County Police Department



 

In December of 2019, Officer Quinius Lyles responded to a frantic call from a male reporting that another male was shooting at him in his home. As Officer Lyles approached the house in his vehicle, the male suspect fired through the window at Officer Lyles and then fled in his vehicle. Officer Lyles remained calm and provided directions to dispatch, which allowed responding units to locate the vehicle and suspect nearby.

Officer Lyles kicked the door in at the home and found a female and juvenile male, each with gunshot wounds. The female did not respond to medical aid, and passed away on scene. Officer Lyles applied a tourniquet to the juvenile male to stem blood loss. The young man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but stabilized with aid. Doctors at Kennestone reported that without Officer Lyles’ quick action, the juvenile would have suffered severe blood loss and loss of life.

After receiving the vehicle description of the suspect involved in the murder and the assault, Officer Andrew Abernathy pursued. The suspect’s vehicle reached speeds of over 100 mph, drove on the wrong side of the road, and blew through traffic signals, exposing Officer Abernathy to extreme personal risk. Not accepting an outcome of the suspect fleeing, Officer Abernathy mitigated risk and was able to keep up with the vehicle until a minor traffic collision ended the pursuit. The suspect was safely taken into custody and no members of the public were injured.

Without the expert care and calm actions of Officers Quinius Lyles and Andrew Abernathy, the tragedy could have easily become a catastrophic event. Their actions directly saved one life and safeguarded the public.

 


CCPD Community Affairs Unit

Cobb County Police Department



 

The Community Affairs Unit (CAU) was established within the Cobb County Police Department in September of 2017, and includes Sergeants Jeff Tatroe and Larry White and Officers Pharr, Hill, Stoney, Jegg, O’Hara, Granell and King. Since its formation, CAU has been hard at work developing strong relationships with multiple organizations, civic groups, and families within Cobb County. As a direct result of those relationships, the unit focused on assisting less fortunate Cobb families during the holidays through a program called “SWAT Santa.”

SWAT Santa aims to benefits families that were previously identified by members of the Cobb Schools system as families with financial hardships. Once identified, the families were given a choice of eating dinner and shopping with the officers, or allowing CAU to purchase Christmas gifts for their children.

The families that chose the former met with the unit for dinner at no cost. After dinner, the unit then took the families out shopping for gifts purchased through donations by the unit.

The next day, members of CAU surprised the families that had chosen to allow the offices to shop for them by delivering Christmas gifts to their children inside an armored SWAT Team vehicle. Each CAU officer personally wrapped all presents given to the kids during the home deliveries.

The Community Affairs Unit raises funds for SWAT Santa by bagging groceries at Publix, participating in Acworth’s Polar Plunge, co-hosting Cobb’s Cool Cars, and assisting other community organizations throughout the year.

Over the last two years, the SWAT Santa program made it possible for 45 families and 117 children to experience Christmas joy during the holidays, establishing a golden standard for positive community support and policing.

 


KSU Office of Victim Services

Kennesaw State University DPS & University Police Department

 

 

The Kennesaw State University Office of Victim Services consists of three victim services/advocate professionals, Director Tanya Smith, Victim Services Coordinator Kelly Burkes, and Victim Advocate Jessica Aguirre, who serve KSU’s 38,000+ students, faculty, and staff. The primary goals of the OVS are to aid in reducing trauma to the crime victim, reduce the level of secondary injury associated with the aftermath of crime, and to aid in the prosecution of criminal cases.

The OVS team is extremely responsive to every call and stays with their clients from the time they are contacted through completion of each client’s court case or administrative process. All three members are exceptionally empathetic, compassionate, and knowledgeable professionals, dedicated to the wellbeing of their clients and careful to provide the necessary support and resources needed after a traumatic event.

The OVS collaborates with several campus partners and faculty members to provide and participate in many committees, events and presentations. An OVS member represented OVS at events like Campus Safety Days, Wellness on Wheels, Survivor Panel for DV Awareness, and Health Resource Fair, among others. Director Smith has presented at numerous events, including the ‘Teen Interception Program,’ ‘National Police Week Seminar,’ ‘African Student Association DV Awareness Panel,’ and ‘A White House Roundtable: Preventing Overdoses on College Campuses’ in Washington, D.C.

Further, the OVS always stays up-to-date with current training, attending DV Task Force meetings, DV Task Force Social Media Subcommittees, CCPD Precinct 1 Discussion Groups, Cobb Opioid Fatality Reviews, and EMS Councils.

The KSU Office of Victim Services is an invaluable resource within the KSU ecosystem, encouraging the voices of victims and supporting them the entire way through the criminal justice process, the victims’ bill of rights, and the victims’ compensation options. Without them, many voices would go unheard.

 


MPD Crime Interdiction Unit

Marietta Police Department



 

The Marietta Police Department Crime Interdiction Unit, well known as a top-notch narcotics investigation team, is comprised of Sergeant Josh Liedke, Agent Kelsey Bedford, Agent Kenyon Jackson, Agent Joseph Jenkins, Agent Michael Malcolm, K-9 Handler Joseph Powell and K9 Jacquo.     

The unit is constantly involved in large scale drug and gang investigations that truly make the City of Marietta a safer place to live, work and play. In addition to investigations generated within the city limits of Marietta, the unit has also become a dependable point of contact for other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to share information and partner with enforcement actions.

In June of 2019, CIU conducted a month-long investigation with the FBI at a Marietta residence, utilizing several technology platforms to secure arrest and search warrants. The suspect was one of the main methamphetamine suppliers of a Marietta neighborhood and a neighboring county. A pharmacy of illegal narcotics was seized along with three firearms and thousands in cash. The investigation also spoiled an attempt of murder the suspect was planning against one of his associates.

In July of 2019, CIU followed up on two target locations inside an apartment complex. After securing search warrants for both locations, CIU seized 109 grams of powder cocaine, a pound of marijuana, miscellaneous illegal narcotics, an AK 47 rifle, a handgun and nearly $10,000 in cash. CIU arrested the suspected gang members from the residential community.

In April of 2019, CIU agents completed a yearlong investigation resulting in the arrest of a convicted felon and main drug dealer within Cobb County. Out of the suspect’s apartment, Agents seized heroin, crack cocaine, MDMA pills, oxycodone pills, 2.5 pounds of marijuana, and two stolen firearms.

On a daily basis, CIU deals with some of the most violent offenders within Metro Atlanta. They consistently remove dangerous criminals, illegal narcotics, and weapons from our community. Teamwork is always a vital component of their daily operations. The aforementioned cases, only a portion of those successfully completed by the team, require a tremendous amount of investigative skill, countess hours of surveillance and superior tactical skills. The MPD Crime Interdiction Unit consistently rise to the occasion in a professional and safe manner.

 


Officers Taylor Elliott, Robert Pfeiffer, Jake Prough

Smyrna Police Department



 

In October of 2019, Officers Taylor Elliott, Robert Pfeiffer and Jake Prough were dispatched to a local Wendy’s in reference to two unresponsive males, passed out on the floor of the dining room and men’s bathroom.

The officers quickly determined the two were twin brothers facing the result of an illegal drug overdose. Relying on their issued Narcan packs and tactical medical training, Officers Elliot and Pfeiffer immediately began CPR chest compressions while Officer Prough retrieved Narcan. The Narcan was administered to both individuals, which assisted in reversing the effects of the drug overdose and saved the lives of the brothers.

Without their quick reactions and perfect recall of their medical training, the brothers would not have survived the incident. Countless hours of preparation, top-of-the-line equipment, and most importantly, highly-intelligent police officers who weren’t afraid to act, work as a team, and think through a problem made this life-saving act stand out as an example of exemplary police work.