Special Services Division

The Special Services Division is made up of a number of operational units.

Communications Unit

The Emory Police Communications Center is responsible for answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The communications officers also dispatch police and EMS. After business hours and on weekends, the Emory Police Communications Center answers calls for the Emory Parking Office and Facilities Management.

The EPD Communications Center is staffed around the clock.

Community Relations Unit

Emory Police Community Relations is responsible for carrying out the mission of the Emory Police department in their efforts to anticipate, appraise, and recognize crime risks. Community Relations is committed to develop programs to reduce the opportunity for crime, minimize the consequences of incidents which occur and address vulnerabilities in our community. Officers in Community Relations accomplish this by specializing in using community policing philosophy and problem solving models to assist in reducing incidents of person to person crimes, property, vehicular, burglary, and theft. Community Relations works to develop relationships with the community to identify vulnerable areas where criminal activity may occur. Members of Community Relations are specifically assigned responsibility for developing relationships with the undergraduate division students of the university and developing relationships with the student leadership to provide educational support and programs to provide risk reduction techniques. Community Relations can be reached by phone at 404.727.6115 or by email.


Community Relations offers a number of educational programs to engage the Emory community in partnering with us for a safe and secure environment.  Click here to view the various programs. The Community Relations Unit also manages the EPD Ambassador Program.


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Criminal Investigation Unit

The Criminal Investigations Unit's (CIU) responsibilities are:

  • to identify and apprehend offenders,
  • to recover stolen property,
  • to gather, document, and evaluate facts in reference to criminal activity,
  • to process crime scenes, recover, and preserve evidence and property,
  • to present evidence to various courts to seek a successful prosecution of offender(s), and
  • to liaise with federal, state, and local agencies and with other Emory University and Emory Healthcare departments with regard to Homeland Security and emergency preparedness.

Criminal and administrative reports made to the Emory Police Department are sent to the Criminal Investigations Unit for follow-up. The reports are reviewed for facts and information for alleged violations of the law or the student conduct code that occur on University or Healthcare property. The investigators work closely with the Emory Women's Center, Division of Campus Life, and the Office of Student Conduct to provide enhanced victim assistance services. Our investigators collaborate with the Dekalb County Police Department, the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta Police Department, the City of Oxford Police Department, the Newton County Sheriff's Office, and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. We  make referrals for incidents that have occurred in these and other jurisdictions.

For information about CIU, contact them by phone at 404.727.6115 or by email.

Case Assignment

Solvability factors are used to determine if a case is assigned. Some of these factors are: clear descriptions that will identify the perpetrator(s), license tag information, direct knowledge of who committed the crime, physical evidence that can identify the perpetrator(s), or witnesses who are able to identify the perpetrator(s). There may be other factors that will also be used to determine assignment.

When a case is assigned, the investigator will contact the victim as soon as possible after receiving the assignment. During the course of the investigation, the investigator will maintain contact with the victim and update them on the progress of the case. When a final resolution is reached, the investigator will contact the victim and advise them of the final disposition.

Citizens who are victims of crimes are encouraged to contact Criminal Investigations if they become aware of additional information that was not given to the officer at the time of the report.

Community Service Unit

The Emory Police Department employs several Community Service Officers (CSOs). The CSOs are dispatched through the Police Communications Division. They provide facility security by locking, closing, and checking buildings after normal business hours. They also provide after hours security escorts.

The CSOs provide a tremendous amount of help and operational support to the sworn officers of the department, from assisting with crowd control during special events to providing assistance to motorists in the community.

Training Unit

Emory Police officers are required to be Georgia certified law enforcement officers. The Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council requires all police officers in Georgia to attend twenty hours of training annually after they attend the 408 hour Mandate training. The Emory Police Department will offer over four hundred hours of In-service training to our officers in 2010 along with a number of specialized courses such as a forty hour Crisis Intervention Training.

The department's instructors are required to attend an eighty hour Instructor course at a police academy to obtain a General Instructor certification by the Georgia Police Officer Standards & Training Council; an additional forty to eighty hours is required for specialized subjects such as Firearms or Defensive Tactics. Our departmental instructors are often asked to lead classes for the regional police academies.

Contact us for further information on police training.