J. Register, Chief of Police
Chief of Police
principal task of the Chief of Police is to see that the resources
of the Department are so managed that its objectives -- preservation
of the peace, protection of life and property, and the enforcement
of law -- are achieved economically and effectively. The police
administrator carries out his task through the organization of the
Department, by exercises of direction and supervision; by policy
determination and planning; by control and inspection; and by development
Michael J. Register joined the Clayton County Police Department
with more than 25 years of law enforcement related experience, and
also 22 years of military service to include combat operations in
Afghanistan. Chief Register believes the modern police department
must take a "whole of government" approach by partnering with other
government entities and the community to improve the quality of
life for its citizens, make the community safer and attract new
business to the area.
Prior to joining the Clayton County Police Department, Chief Register
managed a law enforcement centric program at the Pentagon in Washington
D.C. that was responsible for locating and identifying individuals
and criminal and terrorist organizations globally that facilitated,
funded or used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to threaten the
security and stability of the United States and its partners. He
also assisted in advising U.S. government, partner nations and law
enforcement organizations such as the New York Police Department
and the Los Angeles Police Department in counter-terrorism related
Prior to his position at the Pentagon, Chief Register retired from
the Cobb County Police Department as a Lieutenant in 2005, where
he had been instrumental in development of the department's Georgia
P.O.S.T mandated Police Academy, and also worked in the department's
Special Operations Unit to include stints on SWAT, the Crime Suppression
Unit and Tactical Team. Chief Register also served 22 years in the
U.S. Army Special Operations community, where he was a member of
the 11th and 20th Special Forces Group and deployed to over nineteen
countries, to include combat operations in 2003 in Afghanistan where
he served on a Special Forces mobile recon element.
Chief Register holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from
Columbus State University, and is also a graduate of the Georgia
Law Enforcement Command College, where he is currently an adjunct
instructor. He is currently seeking a Doctorate from George Mason
University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He is a certified
Georgia P.O.S.T Instructor with specialized instructor certificates
in Defensive Tactics, Emergency Medical, Firearms and Driver Training.
Chief Register is a member of the International Association of Chiefs
of Police and the Georgia Chiefs Association.
V. Hawkins, Deputy Chief of Police - Field Operations Command
Deputy Chief of Police
The Deputy Chief of Police in charge of the Field Operations Command
is responsible for the operations of the Uniform
Patrol Division, Narcotics
Division, and the Criminal
of the Clayton County Police Department and reports directly
to the Chief of Police. Each of the three Divisions that the Deputy
Chief oversees are commanded by a Police Major who reports to the
Chief Gina V. Hawkins joined the Clayton County Police Department
in 2013 with 25 years of experience in the field of Law Enforcement.
Deputy Chief Hawkins has molded her career and life in serving the
people within the community and the people she works with. Deputy
Chief Hawkins is presently over the Field Operations Command is
responsible for the operations of the Uniform Patrol Division, Narcotics
Division, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Clayton
County Police Department and reports directly to the Chief of Police.
Deputy Chief Hawkins was previously over the Support Services Command
which operations covered E911/Communications Division, Administrative
Services Division and Special Services Division.
Prior to joining the Clayton County Police Department Deputy Chief
Hawkins started her career in 1988 with the City of Atlanta Police
Department. While at the City of Atlanta, Deputy Chief Hawkins gained
experience in a variety of challenging, yet rewarding positions
from Patrol, Crime Analysis, Gang and Guns Unit, HIDTA Task Force,
Weed and Seed Unit and the Office of Professional Standards. Deputy
Chief Hawkins retired in June 2006 from the City of Atlanta as the
Assistant Zone Commander of Zone Three Precinct and went to assist
the City of Sandy Springs to develop their newly formed Police Department.
The City of Sandy Springs Police Department started July 1, 2006
and Deputy Chief Hawkins was instrumental in establishing procedures
and practices for an efficient, forward thinking police department.
While at the City of Sandy Springs Police Department, Deputy Chief
Hawkins commanded a variety of units from Patrol, Internal Affairs,
and Administrative Services.
Deputy Chief Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal
Justice from Georgia State University, and a Master of Science in
Management degree from John Hopkins University's award winning Public
Safety Leadership Program which focused on the latest, most relevant
public safety leadership issues.
Deputy Chief Hawkins graduated from the Senior Management Institute
for Police hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum Program
in Boston and is also a graduate of the F.B.I National Associates
Academy class session 252. Deputy Chief Hawkins was chosen to be
a delegate in the prestigious 23rd Georgia International Law Enforcement
Exchange (GILEE), traveling to Israel with other Law Enforcement
Executives to study and evaluated the Israeli Police Force. She
is presently a board member for the GILEE Advisory Board.
Deputy Chief Hawkins was listed in 2014 as Georgia's 100 Most Powerful
and Influential Women by Women Looking Ahead News Magazine/Women
Works Media Group. She is a P.O.S.T certified instructor and speaks
Spanish as her second language. Deputy Chief Hawkins is a member
of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia
Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black
Law Enforcement Executives - (NOBLE), National Association of Women
Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) NAWLEE, the Hispanic American
Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), Atlanta Metropol,
SMIP PERF and FBINAA Georgia.
Kenneth H. Green, Legal Advisor
Legal Advisor keeps abreast of recent court decisions involving
criminal prosecution and civil resolution. The Legal Advisor assists
in implementing Departmental Directives and Policy and Procedure
and prepares handouts for officers on court decisions affecting
police operations. The Legal Advisor can assist officers on points
of law and preparation of cases, render legal advice concerning
personnel matters, advise the Chief of Police regarding status of
pending litigation involving Police Department activities, and prepare,
draft and review agreements, ordinances, resolutions, contracts,
and other legal documents and instruments on behalf of Police Department.
Kenneth H. Green graduated Brown High School in Atlanta in 1968
and did his undergraduate work at Clayton State College and Georgia
State University. Mr. Green graduated from Atlanta Law School in
1980 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in June 1980.
He has practiced law in the Atlanta area since that time. His areas
of practice include personal injury and general litigation.
Ken Green began his career in law enforcement as a Patrolman with
the City of Atlanta Police Department in May 1969. Ken Green rose
to the rank of Major in the City of Atlanta Police Department and
was in charge of the Zone 2 Precinct encompassing north Atlanta
and the Buckhead area when he retired in 1998 with 29 years of service.
Ken Green joined the Clayton County Police Department in April 2001
as the Legal Advisor.
of Professional Standards
goal of the Office of Professional Standards is to insure that the
integrity of the department is maintained through a system of internal
discipline where objectivity, fairness, and justice are assured
by an intensive, impartial investigation and review process.
The Office of Professional Standards is assigned to the Chief's
Staff and its commanding officer reports directly to the Chief of
Police. Employees are assigned to this unit by the Chief of Police
and serve at the pleasure of the Chief. Read
Statement, Vision Statement and Agency Values
Statement - The Clayton County Police Department is committed to
Honor, Integrity, Transparency and Professionalism; in providing
police services to the citizens of Clayton County. We shall enforce
the laws and ordinances in a fair, compassionate, ethical and impartial
manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limits of our
authority, and respecting the constitutional rights of all persons.
Vision Statement - The Clayton County Police Department is dedicated
to establishing safer communities by building community partnerships
based on a foundation of trust, confidence and communication. Integrating
these partnerships with the skills and knowledge of our officers,
investigators, and technology, will assure a safer and better quality
of life in Clayton County.
Agency Values - Honor, Integrity, Transparency and Professionalism.