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Chief of Police
Message From the Chief:
"As your newly appointed Police Chief, I will concentrate our efforts on the 21st Century Policing Model. By studying and applying the recommendations of the “Task Force”, it is my hope that we are preparing South Fulton Officers to build trust, legitimacy and confidence in the future of law enforcement."
Chief Keith Meadows is the 1st Chief of Police for the City of South Fulton, he was appointed July 27, 2018. He is a successful Command Level Executive with over 33 years of Law Enforcement experience. This highly accomplished visionary law enforcement executive is a strong supporter of 21st Century Policing principles and champions the guardian mindset as it relates to public safety. Since being appointed Chief of Police in South Fulton, Meadows has integrated Intelligence Driven Policing as a philosophy. He increased the size of the department’s Gang Unit, Narcotics Unit, developed an Assets Forfeiture Unit and created a robust crime analysis platform that will serve as a foundation for the department for years to come. Meadows is committed to developing community relationships, a culture of innovative technological strategies and absolute transparency throughout the organization.
During his 33-year career Meadows served in many different capacities, most recently as the Chief of Police in the City of College Park. He implemented similar Intelligence Driven strategies in this jurisdiction and the city experienced an overall crime reduction of 38%. During his time in College Park he also worked with the Faith-based Community to help develop the 1 Congregation 1 Precinct Initiative which is designed to help strengthen police community relationships.
On August 2, 2015 Meadows retired from the Atlanta Police Department after nearly a 30-year career. He served as the Commander over the Major Crimes Section which includes the following units: Homicide, Special Victims, Commercial Robbery, Fugitive, School Detectives, Auto Theft and Major Fraud. While serving in this capacity Meadows developed the Complex Case Squad which investigates violent crime trends occurring throughout the City of Atlanta. He also served as one of the primary architects for the Atlanta Police Intelligence Nexus (A.P.I.N.) which allows homicide detectives to build, library, archive and index homicide investigations in a digital format. In addition to homicide investigations APIN has a robust gang platform that offers similar functionality. These two platforms allow intelligence to be shared as investigations unfold, increasing communication and developing comprehensive criminal cases against offenders.
In 2012 Meadows served as the Zone 6 Precinct Commander which is one of the most diverse service areas within the City of Atlanta which include neighborhoods such as Virginia Highlands, Grant Park, East Atlanta, Candler Park, Old Forth Ward, Lake Claire and Little 5 Points. As the Zone 6 Commander he led several community crime prevention programs and elevated community participation in this service area. He developed the law enforcement efforts surrounding the “Year of Boulevard” initiative, he negotiated and supervised the implementation of the Boulevard Precinct in the Atlanta Medical Center and assisted with the formation of the “Master Plan” initiative for the Candler Park Community.
Meadows also served as the Commander for the School Police Section which provided police services to the Atlanta Public Schools System. This institution has an enrollment that exceeded 49,000 students with more than 100 learning environments. During his time in this role he implemented a number of programs aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency. Meadows really enjoyed this role and believes that creating viable options for our youth will translate into a better quality of life in this region.
During his law enforcement career Chief Meadows served on a number of boards and received numerous awards and certificates. He served on the boards of the Eastern Armed Robbery Conference, Atlanta Victim Assistance and Drew Charter School. He’s received citations from the Henry F. Williams Homicide Conference, The International Homicide Conference, The Southeast Regional Homicide Conference, The Metro-Dade Homicide Conference and The Las Vegas Homicide Conference. In 2011 at the Georgia Chiefs Conference he was a finalist for the Motorola Award which recognized “The Tactical Homicide Canvasses as an innovative strategy.
Chief Meadows is married to Senior Crime Analyst Tanya Meadows and they are the proud parents of 4 sons; Williams, Marcus, Adrian and Branden. He is a graduate of Northside High School in the Atlanta Public Schools System, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University.