Office of the Chief of Police

Michael F. Yates

Chief of Police




28 years of experience in Law Enforcement, 18 of those years in Command Positions and 15 Years of experience as the Chief of Police in agencies ranging in size from 30 to 160 sworn officers.


Narcotics, gang suppression, organized crime, high risk operations, highway drug interdiction, crime reduction and gang prevention strategies.


BS Criminal Justice – West Georgia College

MPA Justice Administration, Columbus State University


2000 Plus hours advanced Law Enforcement Training

Georgia Chief’s of Police Command College Class II Graduate



Executive Certification – Georgia

Instructor Certification – Georgia

Advanced Certification – Arkansas

Senior Chief Certification – Arkansas

Law Enforcement Instructor and College Instructor at Arkansas State University:

High Risk Operations, Organizational Change and Leadership, Drug Interdiction, Search and Seizure, Criminal Investigations

Married 25 years to wife Nancy, two sons, Jacob 24, Adam 22.

Office of Professional Standards

To ensure the public trust, the Office of Professional Standards under the Office of the Chief. was created and works directly from the Office of the Chief and was established to investigate allegations of employee misconduct and to provide the public with a fair and effective means to address their legitimate grievances against the agency or its employees. This office identifies policies and practices that are ineffective or outdated. The OPS is the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit.

Employees that are involved in illegal, unethical, or unprofessional conduct are identified and appropriate action is taken to correct the problem.
Investigations are intended to protect the reputation of individual employees, the agency, and the public from false or misleading information.

The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for the continuous training of police officers. Officers from Griffin and other agencies comprised the 198 students that attended advanced P.O.S.T. classes at the Department.


Lt./Inv. Darrell Dix
Darrell Dix has been in law enforcement for 23 years. He is responsible for training, the PRISIM Judgmental Use of Force Simulator, Fleet Management, Equipment Acquisition, and assists with Internal Affairs Cases. Dix is the Special Response Team Commander and holds certifications up to the Management level. He is the department’s only Senior P.O.S.T. Instructor. He is also a Firearms, Defensive Tactics, and SWAT Instructor. Dix has had prior assignments with Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Narcotics.



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Central Services: 770-229-6421
Customer Service: 770-229-6400
Environmental Hotline: 770-229-6625
Planning & Development: 770-233-4130
Police Department: 770-229-6450
Narcotics Tip Line: 678-692-0452
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