George N. Turner is chief of police and a 33-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. In this role, he oversees the largest law enforcement agency in Georgia. His priorities are fighting gang violence and advancing police recruitment efforts. Previously, he commanded the Zone One Precinct, which is the Northwest section of Atlanta, one of the more challenging and difficult precincts in the city. During his two-year command of the Zone One Precinct, he was responsible for 17% reduction in overall crime. Chief Turner has received numerous commendations and awards from the Secret Service and the FBI for his work on protective details with the various presidents and heads of state.
Chief Turner has committed the Atlanta PD to train officers in nonviolent resolutions to animal conflicts.
At least 200 officers have taken the Law Enforcement and Animal Encounters class through the Atlanta Police Academy. By August 2015, they will have trained almost 2,000 officers. Officer-shot-dog conflicts are a growing problem for law enforcement and communities, and his strong leadership in this area is invaluable—the Atlanta PD’s training class is a model for other departments across the nation.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Chief Turner is a pillar of the community. He serves as the president of the Atlanta Police Athletic League and first vice president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also the past Chair of the Atlanta METROPOL and board member of Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange), the past board chair of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and is a selected member of the Clark Atlanta University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Chief Turner holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration from Columbus State University. He completed the United States Secret Service Academy, Small Detail Training, and Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Command College. He has been married to Cathy Turner for 33 years and they have four adult children and seven grandchildren.