Lake City Police Department

"On behalf of the Lake City Police Department, I welcome you to our website. This site was established as an additional contact and informational resource for the members of the Lake City community. The men and women of the Lake City Police Department are committed to professionalism, fairness, and the pursuit of excellence for our citizens and the visitors to our city."

- Police Chief David Colwell

Patrol Division

The 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 David Colwell

Chief David Colwell began his law enforcement career in 1981. Since then, Chief Colwell has worked in almost every function of law enforcement such as; serving warrants and civil papers, jail division, uniform patrol, narcotics, internal affairs and training.

Colwell joined the Lake City Police Department in 1995, where he served as the Uniform Patrol Division Commander until 2003. In 2003 Chief Colwell was appointed as Chief of Police.

Chief Colwell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.

Chief Colwell is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police where he serves on several committees and as a district representative for the metro Atlanta area.