Michael J. Register, Chief of Police

Michael J. Register
Chief of Police

The 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 of personnel.

Chief 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 subjects.

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.

Gina V. Hawkins, Deputy Chief of Police - Field Operations Command

Gina V. Hawkins
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 Investigation Division 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 Deputy Chief.

Deputy 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.

Major Kenneth H. Green, Legal Advisor

Major Ken Green

The 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.

Office of Professional Standards

The 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 more...

Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Agency Values

Mission 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.

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