Joseph H. Lumpkin Sr.
Chief of Police
3035 Lexington Road
In Case of Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
24 hours a day,
7 days a week
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is located in Athens, Georgia, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta. The governments of the City of Athens and Clarke County were unified on January 14, 1991, becoming Georgia's second unified government.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has an authorized strength of 240 sworn positions, 65 civilian positions, and 28 crossing guards. We were the 48th police department to be recognized nationally as an accredited police department and the first to receive certification by the State of Georgia.
About the Community
The University of Georgia (UGA), the oldest state-chartered university in the United States, is located in Athens. There are approximately 30,000 students and approximately 10,000 faculty and staff positions at UGA. The university campus covers 4,308 acres in Athens with the main part of the campus adjoining downtown Athens.
Athens-Clarke County has a population of approximately 116,714 people. Athens is home to the world's only double-barreled cannon and the famed tree that owns itself. Athens has a large artistic community and has garnered attention for its vibrant music scene. The combination of artists, students, and local Athenians creates a very diverse population presenting unique challenges for the law enforcement community.
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