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It is the mission of the Doraville Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.

The most visible component of the Doraville Police Department, the Operations Division is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of a wide range of police services within the City of Doraville. It is comprised of the uniformed men and women assigned to four patrol shifts. The Operations Division officers also encompasses various specialized units such as Criminal Investigations, K-9 Unit, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).  Working closely with the citizens of Doraville, officers assigned to the Operations Division are actively engaged in the community. The Division’s officers also conduct tactical crime suppression operations, and engage in various community involvement programs.Uniformed Patrol is the most visible section of the Operations Division. The Uniformed Patrol section is split into two components, Day Watch and Morning Watch, each headed by a Lieutenant. Each individual shift or “watch” is led by a Sergeant who is assisted by a Corporal.

Uniformed Patrol is the most visible section of the Operations Division.  The Uniformed Patrol section is split into two components, Day Watch and Morning Watch, each headed by a Lieutenant.  Each individual shift or “watch” is led by a Sergeant who is assisted by a Corporal.

For related questions or concerns, contact Captain T.K. Gordon at: 770-455-1000 or TK.gordon@doravillega.us

Lieutenant R. Williams leads the Day Watch Uniform Patrol officers.

Lieutenant Williams began his career with the Doraville Police Department in 1997 as a Communication Officer and Jailer.  During his tenure at the department, he has been assigned to the Operations Division including Traffic Enforcement, DUI Task Force, and Criminal Investigations.  Lieutenant Williams graduated from the Public Safety Leadership Institute at Mercer University in 2012.  He graduated from Columbus State University’s Professional Management Program in 2018.  He is also a recent graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.  He is currently working on his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Thomas University.

Lieutenant C. Hight leads the Morning Watch Uniform Patrol Officers.

Chuck Hight is a Lieutenant with the Doraville Police Department and has been in
law enforcement since joining the Doraville Police Department in 1997. Lieutenant Hight began his career as a radio operator/jailer before transferring to Uniform Patrol Division. He has worked on several Special Operation Units including the D.U.I. Task Force Unit, Traffic Enforcement Unit, and the S.T.E.P. Unit. Lieutenant Hight overseen Doraville’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction unit from 2003-2015. He has received awards for Officer of the Year, the Chief’s Star, and numerous awards for Doraville’s participation with the Governor’s Officer of Highway Safety. He is currently assigned to the Uniform section of the Operations Division. Lieutenant Hight has graduated from the Columbus State University’s Professional Management Program, FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and is currently working on his Bachelors in Criminal Justice at Thomas University.

Lieutenant Hudgins

Has been employed with the Doraville Police Department since 1995. Lieutenant Hudgins started his career with the department in the Administrative Division as a Communication Officer and jailer. He has worked numerous assignments in the Operations Division including stints in Traffic enforcement, DUI task force, Uniform Patrol, and Crime Suppression. In October of 2018 Lieutenant Hudgins was assigned to manage the Investigations sections of the department.

Lieutenant Hudgins earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Thomas University. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration at the Columbus State University’s Command College in 2018. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

The Criminal Investigations Section conducts investigations of a variety of crimes that occur within the City of Doraville. The Criminal Investigations Section also conducts Internal Affairs investigations regarding allegations of officer misconduct. The Criminal Investigations Section is current led by Lieutenant Joe Hudgins. For more information regarding the Criminal Investigations Section.

The Training Section is responsible for the continuing education and training of both sworn and non-sworn members of the Doraville Police Department. The Training Section is led by Lieutenant Jason Deyette (PHOTO ATTACHED). Lieutenant Deyette has been in law enforcement since 1997 and began working at Doraville PD in 2002. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004, during which time he supervised a patrol shift. In 2005 he was transferred to the Special Investigations Section as a Detective, where he conducted drug and vice investigations. During this time, he conducted and participated in investigations at the local and federal levels as a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was awarded the Chief’s Star as a result of his investigative efforts. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2008 and reassigned as a patrol supervisor. In 2011 Lt. Deyette was tasked with creating and supervising a Crime Suppression Unit. This unit monitored trends in criminal activity, such as an increase in car break-ins or home burglaries in a particular area.

 He currently serves as the Department Training Officer and State Certification Manager. He has been involved with police canine since 1999 when he began working with his first police dog, K-9 Ex. He currently serves as the Department canine trainer and unit supervisor, which includes leading weekly canine training for a multi-agency training group. Lt. Deyette joined the department’s SWAT team in 2006, and has served as an Operator, Team Leader, and currently as the team’s Tactical Commander and Lead Trainer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently completing a master’s degree in public safety administration. Lt. Deyette has been a Georgia POST certified instructor since 2000 and is also a certified instructor in defensive tactics, firearms, Taser, emergency medical, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for law enforcement, and chemical/impact munitions used in tactical operations.

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