Lake City Police Department
"The professional men and women of the Lake City Police Department are dedicated to maintaining a safe community and exceptional quality of life for the residents, business owners, and visitors in Lake City. 'To Protect and Serve' is not just a decoration on our patrol cars but rather a core value of our agency. We recognize that in order to protect we also have to serve. A famous quote from Sir Robert Peel says that the police are the public and the public are the police, which essentially means it takes both working together to keep our community safe. Our intention is to provide a level of customer service to the community that fosters a reputation of trust and integrity and nurtures a strong partnership with our community. Working together we can keep Lake City a safe place to live, work, and visit."
Patrol DivisionThe Lake City Police Department currently has 16 full-time sworn Certified Police Officers and one Administrative personnel. The police department has three shifts of Uniformed Officers providing 24 hour a-day coverage to the city. The department responds to all calls for service and enforces the traffic laws of the State of Georgia. The Lake City Police Department generally has a two-minutes or less response time to calls for service.
Criminal Investigation Division (CID)The Lake City Police Department has two full-time sworn Investigators that control all phases of Criminal Investigations, including evidence collection through the processing of crime scenes. The Investigation Division works hand-in-hand with the Office of the District Attorney, Clayton Judicial Circuit and with the Clayton County Solicitor’s Office as well as other law enforcement agencies, as required, throughout the State of Georgia, in the efficient prosecution of criminal cases.
Police Chief Anthony WhitmireChief Tony Whitmire has almost 40 years law enforcement experience, having started with the Atlanta Police Department in 1979. During his 26 years with APD he was an FTO, a motorcycle officer, a Swat team member, a bomb technician, a watch commander, and retired as a precinct commander. He spent 14 years on Atlanta’s fulltime Swat Team and Bomb Squad, with the last 4 as a Swat supervisor and the Bomb Squad Commander before being promoted off the team. He was the Midtown Precinct Commander when he retired in 2005. After retirement Chief Whitmire worked for Blackwater as an overseas security contractor before joining the Georgia Tech Police Department in 2007 as the Training and Special Operations Division Commander. At Georgia Tech PD he commanded the Explosives K-9 Unit, the newly formed Swat Team, the Training Unit, and the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus. He eventually served as the Deputy Chief for his last 18 months at Georgia Tech before coming to Lake City as the Chief of Police in 2018.
Chief Whitmire is a senior POST instructor with certifications in firearms, defensive tactics, and Swat tactics. He has been an instructor for numerous department and regional police academies, including GPSTC, and has taught in various FBI and ATF programs. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI), the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), and the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
Chief Whitmire has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor Degree in Homeland Security, and a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration, and is a graduate of the Georgia law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University.