Patrol Division

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Lieutenant Steven Thomas
(423) 744-2732

Protect and Serve

The Patrol Division is led by Lieutenant Steven Thomas. Lieutenant Thomas has spent his entire career at the Athens Police Department. Beginning his career in 1999 as a reserve officer and completing the police academy in 2001. Lieutenant Thomas was promoted to SPO (senior patrol officer) from patrol officer and later to patrol sergeant prior to being named Patrol Lieutenant in 2019. Lieutenant Thomas is one of the departments training officers with certifications in firearms, taser, patrol rifle, radar and Evoc. He along with his sergeants, corporals, and patrol officers strive to keep this city safe and a welcoming place for citizens and visitors alike.

The Patrol Division is the largest at APD and consists mainly as the "uniformed" division of the police department. The patrol division encompasses our K-9 units, animal control units, and all uniformed personnel of the police department.  The patrol division handles reporting of all incidents inside the city, traffic enforcement, drug interdiction, neighborhood and business patrols, emergency response to calls, and investigating crimes not handled by the Special Services Division.


Communications (Non-Emergency)
(423) 745-3222

Records, Reports, & Courts Questions
(423) 744-2730