The Uniform Patrol Division encompasses four shifts of officers that provide 24 hour law enforcement services to the citizens of Griffin. Through directed and preventive patrol, the Uniform Patrol Division seeks to deter street crime and burglaries. Uniform officer are the initial responders to a wide range of calls for services. They conduct preliminary criminal and traffic accident investigations; enforce criminal and traffic laws as well as ordinances enacted by the City of Griffin. Uniform Officers also assist citizens with medical and social problems through crisis intervention and or referrals to the appropriate state or county agency.
The Uniform Patrol Officers are responsible for other events such as holiday enforcement details, community and business presentations and managing school crossing guard assignments. The officers are engaged in a variety of problem solving initiatives and educational activities based on the department’s commitment to community policing. The division is under the Command of Captain Mike Natale.
Captain Michael D. Natale
Captain Mike Natale has been with the Griffin Police Department since 1992 and has served as a uniform patrol supervisor, criminal investigator, juvenile investigator, school resource officers and narcotics unit commander. Captain Natale during his tenure has also been tasked with budgeting, special projects, quartermaster, fleet management and currently serves as the department’s public information officer. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University and a Master’s Degree in public administration from Columbus State University.
Lieutenant Brian Jones
Lt. Brian Jones is currently assigned as the shift Lieutenant on A Shift and has nineteen years of service with the Griffin Police Dept. He graduated from Griffin High School in 1993 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1998 from LaGrange College. He obtained a Master’s Degree in 2007 from Columbus State University.
Lieutenant Matt McFarlan
Lt. Matt McFarlan has been with the City of Griffin for 11 years. He is a United States Marine Corp Veteran and he has been in law enforcement for 18 years. He holds Management, Supervision, Advanced, and Intermediate Certifications. Lt. McFarlan is also a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, Response to Active Shooter Instructor, and Taser Instructor. He is currently assigned as the Lieutenant of “B Shift”.
Lieutenant Joe Hudson
Lt. Joe Hudson has been employed with the City of Griffin as a Police Officer and proudly served its citizens for over 17 years. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is presently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he was stationed around the world and served honorably for over 8 years. He is a POST certified General Instructor, Use of Force Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor. His certifications include, Managerial Certificate, Supervisory Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Field Training Officer, SWAT Operator, and Basic Law Enforcement. He has approximately 2500 hours of POST certified training. During his career, he has had the privilege to serve on Uniform Patrol, Crime Suppression, Narcotics, and SWAT. Joe is presently a Lieutenant with the Uniform Patrol Division assigned to C-Shift. Joe has been married for 16 years to his wife Nichole and they have three sons Dylan, Hunter, and Landon, with one grandson, Beckham.
Lieutenant Gene Matthews
Lieutenant Gene Mathews is a 21 year veteran of the Griffin Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division as the Lieutenant in charge of D Shift. During his time with the Griffin Police Department, Lt. Mathews has had the opportunity to be assigned to the Tactical Response Unit, the Narcotics Task Force, the Crime Suppression Unit and the Special Investigations Unit. He is also the assistant commander for the department’s Special Response Team. Lt. Mathews is also a certified General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, Combined Tactical Systems Less Lethal Instructor and Use of Force Instructor.