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Atlanta's New Police Chief Sworn In

January 11, 2017  | 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and new Chief of Police Erika Shields (Photo: Atlanta PD)
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and new Chief of Police Erika Shields (Photo: Atlanta PD)

Erika Shields was sworn in as Atlanta's Chief of Police on Tuesday, making her the second woman to take the post in the department's history following Beverly Harvard's appointment in 1994, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I am truly humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the Atlanta Police Department," Shields said, adding that her way has been paved by leaders such as former Police Chief George Turner, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Dave Wilkinson, president of the Atlanta Police Foundation.

"I am truly grateful to the faith that Mayor Reed is showing in me," said the 21-year veteran of the force.

Wilkinson said Shields has the skills to help Atlanta PD navigate serious challenges ahead, including officer recruitment, reducing recidivism among criminals, and helping head off problems with troubled youth before they see the back of a squad car.

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kevcopaz @ 1/11/2017 4:27 PM

Note to editors, I realize space is an issue but perhaps a little history on this Officers qualifications, history education would add to the story. Is she a long term APD officer or another one of those carpet baggers that a "nation wide search for the best" (yeah right) found. Seems to me more and more department do not value anyone from within and new Chiefs are chosen from the outside. Its my opinion this is generally a mistake. They do not know the department, know the staff, know who is good and which policies need to be changed or made. Instead they take time blindly "leading" and for the most part just screw things up or just don't do anything worthwhile at all. The main reason (opinion) Mayors pick them from somewhere else is simply to control them like a puppet since they owe everything to the "boss' and nothing to the department they now run and should also have some loyalty to. Anybody disagree?

ARA @ 1/11/2017 5:22 PM

Google her name: 21 years with that department, master's degree, etc. Sometimes an outsider is needed to clean up the culture; sometimes it is done for political reasons. In this case it was a promotion from within. She is currently a deputy chief. Every appointment is a different circumstance.

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