Lt. Col. Shawn Jones

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Jones

Commander of Law Enforcement

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Jones

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn L. Jones became the Commander of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division in 2017. In December of 2016, Colonel Jones retired as an Assistant Chief with the Atlanta Police Department after 30 years of distinguished service.

During his tenure with the Atlanta Police Department, he oversaw the day-to day operations of the Atlanta Police Department and more than 2,400 employees. Moreover, he oversaw the police department’s first award from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2005; the department’s annual
$200-million dollar budget; he commanded the Police Precinct at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; the criminal investigations division, the human resources unit and a host of other key roles in the police department.

Currently, Lieutenant Colonel Jones manages the day-to-day operation of the Law Enforcement Division of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. It consists of two functional areas--the criminal investigations and warrant services section.

In order to demonstrate transparency and to improve the relationship with the community, Lieutenant Colonel Jones acquired and rolled out body worn cameras in October of 2018. Jones also expanded camera coverage to the agency’s prisoner transport vehicles.

Lieutenant Colonel Jones enhanced the sex offender registrations process by implementing the use of web-based technology and a kiosk. This is critical in the management of registered sex offenders living in Fulton County.

Colonel Jones spearheaded the agency’s first-ever Drone Squad and paved for two deputies to earn their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone pilots certification in 2018. That same year, the law enforcement division enhanced its tactical response capabilities by increasing the number of Special Weapons And Tactics Team (SWAT) operators from eight to 19 National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) certified members. Moreover, the Law Enforcement Division established its Most Wanted webpage in April of 2018. The launch was in collaboration with the Fugitive Unit and Crime Stoppers.

Since public safety is a priority for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Colonel Jones assigned several criminal investigators to either a federal or state law enforcement taskforce: FBI, DEA, DHS, and GBI in addition to maintaining personnel at HIDTA. As of March of 2019, all of the canine partners are dual purpose (e.g. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), cell phone and narcotics detection, tracking, etc.).