Suwanee Police Department
The Suwanee Police Department is proud to have earned national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In meeting CALEA's 459 professional standards, the Suwanee Police Department has voluntarily demonstrated its commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The department also has earned statewide certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Suwanee Police Department and its 44 employees are committed to practicing a community policing philosophy, which means that they interact with residents and businesses on a daily basis and through community-based programs to enhance the City's security and quality of life.
Contact the police department
For emergencies, please dial 770/945-8995 or 911.
The Suwanee Police Department is located at 373 Buford Highway.
You may contact the police department in non-emergency situations and individual officers at:
Suwanee's police department operates around the clock, 24 hours a day; seven days a week.
For questions, concerns, or complaints related to the department's Field Operations Bureau, which includes the patrol division, e-mail Capt. Cass Mooney.
Capt. Clyde Byers manages the department's Administrative Services Bureau, which is responsible for community relations, detectives, dispatch, and training. Email Capt. Byers with any questions, concerns, or complaints.
For questions, concerns, or complaints related to traffic enforcement, send e-mail to email@example.com.
Deputy Chief Janet Moon may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Mike Jones may be reached at email@example.com.
The Suwanee Police Department is “dedicated to providing exemplary service by maintaining a proud tradition of professionalism, courage, and integrity; remembering always our commitment to the community and the citizen we are sworn to serve and protect.”
Less than one percent of law enforcement officers from around the world graduate from the FBI National Academy, considered the Harvard of law enforcement training. Yet each member of the Suwanee Police Department's top management team is a graduate of the program. In this photograph, from left to right, are FBI National Academy graduates Capt. Clyde Byers, Chief Mike Jones, and Deputy Chief Janet Moon.
In order to ensure that Suwanee remains a safe place to live and work and that residents continue to enjoy a high quality of life, the Suwanee Police Department is committed to sharing information and building relationships with citizens and business owners. Suwanee offers a variety of community policing and crime prevention programs.
For additional information about the programs listed below, please email Suwanee's community relations officer Ofc. Elias Casanas or call 770/945-8995.
Residents and officers work together to address neighborhood concerns through the PACT Program.
Through the Suwanee Police Department's PACT program, officers are assigned as liaisons to specific neighborhoods.
PACT: Police & Citizens Together
As a service to citizens, the Suwanee Police Department recommends the following crime prevention/emergency preparedness links: Emergency Preparedness Tips. Through PACT, a specific officer is assigned as a liaison to each of the City's neighborhoods or subdivisions. The officer/liaison works with residents on quality-of-life issues such as speeding, assists residents in taking measures to prevent crimes, and facilitates three community meetings each year.
Citizens Police Academy
Through this eight-week, hands-on program, residents receive limited police training and a deeper understanding of the risks and responsibilities of police officers. This program is offered once or twice each year.
Youth ages 14-20 can explore a career in law enforcement while assisting the community through the Suwanee Police Department's Explorers program. Suwanee Explorers meet twice each month and help out at various City events, directing traffic, guiding parking, and helping children find their "lost" parents. They also practice traffic stops, building searches, occasionally ride along with Suwanee officers on patrol, and provide child safety prints.
Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a program, offered in cooperation with the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, designed to help reduce the high number of crashes, injuries, and deaths involving teenage drivers. The two-hour course, which addresses driving attitudes and teen behavior, is for teenagers and their parents.
Car seat safety
Several Suwanee officers have received training as child safety technicians. They are certified in the proper installation and use of child car seats. Suwanee residents may contact Sgt. Elias Casanas or Capt. Cass Mooney at 770/945-8995 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an inspection of their child safety seats. Please note that this service is offered to City of Suwanee citizens only.
CarFit, a program of AARP and AAA, provides older drivers with a check of how well their personal vehicles “fit” them for maximum comfort and safety. A Suwanee police officer has been trained to provide these 20-minute vehicle checks. Suwanee residents only may schedule an appointment by calling 770/945-8995.
Suwanee PD in the schools
Community-policing, safety, and crime prevention programming often bring Suwanee officers into area schools. Through the COPS program (Caring Officers Providing Support), elementary students are assigned their very own police officer for a semester. Officers meet one-on-one each week as mentors to individual students.
Register your bicycle with the City of Suwanee Police Department by completing and sending in this simple form. Should your bike ever be lost or stolen, this registration information will assist the police department in locating and recovering your bicycle.
Safety for seniors
The Suwanee Police Department works with other agencies throughout Gwinnett County through the local SALT (Seniors and Lawmen Together) Council and Triad program to reduce criminal victimization of older citizens and enhance delivery of law enforcement services to this population.
As a service to citizens, the Suwanee Police Department recommends the following crime prevention/emergency preparedness links:
Georgia Emergency Management Agency: Terrorism
Georgia Felon Search
Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Gwinnett County Homeland Security
Internet Safety Tips for Elementary Children
Internet Safety Tips for Teens
Justice for Kids
Rate Your Risk
To find out more about crime prevention programs or about the Suwanee Police Department or if you'd like to schedule a tour of the Suwanee Police Department or invite an officer to your school or organization, please contact Sgt. Elias Casanas at 770/945-8995 or email@example.com.
Citizens or insurance companies may request incident reports; the cost is $3 per report. To expedite your request, please include the case number.
Requests sent via mail should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and be sent to the Suwanee Police Department Records Section, 373 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024. E-mail requests may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports can be mailed to the requestor or picked up at any time, three business days after the incident, at the front window inside the Suwanee Police Department. Sorry, reports cannot be faxed.
The Suwanee Police Department provides Georgia Criminal History reports. The fee for this service is $10 per report. For more information about requesting a criminal history report, contact Records Clerk Gwen Franklin at email@example.com or 770/904-7614.
It is the policy of the Suwanee Police Department to actively investigate all citizen complaints received, including those filed anonymously. For more information about filing a complaint - or a compliment - click here.
Today the Suwanee Police Department has 36 sworn officers and eight support employees, has earned statewide certification, and provides around-the-clock service. But for 13 years after the City's incorporation in 1949, Suwanee police services were provided by one or two part-time officers who primarily worked on weekends. W.O. Pass was hired as the City's first police chief in 1962 and a full-time department was established. Since then, the following individuals have served as Suwanee's chief of police:
W.O. Pass 1962-1963
James Ivan Knick 1963-1965
Burb Meeks 1965-1984
Danny Hughes 1984-1986
Bill Lewis 1986-1992
Mike Boyd 1992-1998
Michael Jones 1999-Present
Throughout the department's history, only one officer, Chief James Knick, was killed in the line of duty. On April 27, 1965, Chief Knick stopped a car that had been reported stolen. Immediately after the stop, Chief Knick was shot by the driver of the vehicle with a .32 caliber handgun. Shortly after the shooting, law enforcement officers from surrounding agencies spotted the suspect and gave chase. The suspect wrecked his car on McEver Road in Hall County, exited the car with a handgun, and was shot and killed by responding officers. Chief Knick was 38 years old. A plaque honoring him is displayed in the lobby of the Suwanee Police Department.