The Police Department consists of 20 sworn police officers, 10 civilian employees. The Department is broken down as follows:
- 3 Lieutenants
- 4 Sergeants
- 9 Patrolman
- 2 Detectives
- 1 School Resource Officer
- 7 Telecommunicators / 911 Dispatchers
- 1 Code Enforcement / Animal Control Officer
- 1 Operations Coordinator
- 1 Public Information Officer
Further functions of the department are broken down into the following divisions:
Administration: The administrative division is comprised of the Police Chief, the Operations Coordinator and the Public Information Officer. The Police Chief oversees the Police Department. The Operations Coordinator handles all training, vehicle maintenance, payroll and supply requisition. The Public Information Officer handles all media inquiries, FOIA requests, and other reporting duties.
Patrol: The patrol division is the backbone of our department. This division is broken down into the three primary or standard shifts. These officers are the first to respond to all complaints and calls for service. They handle domestics, traffic accidents, burglaries in progress, and many other calls for service. The proactive efforts of the men and women of the Canton Police Department make our city a safe place to live and work.
Special Operations: The special operations division handles several tasks that includes one sergeant, two detectives and a school resource officer. The primary function of this division is the investigation of crimes, illegal narcotics trafficking, sex crimes, and juvenile crimes. The school resource officer (SRO) is a liaison between the department and Canton Union School District 66.
Communications: The communications division consists of telecommunicators who operate the 9-1-1 (Public Safety Answering Point) located at the police department. They process calls to 9-1-1, police, fire and medical radio traffic, and answer several administrative telephone lines. Telecommunicators also handle walk-in complaints and report and records maintenance. They routinely dispatch the city police, fire/rescue units, and the Fulton County Emergency Medical Association (ambulance). They also have the capability to dispatch all of the fire/rescue and police units within Fulton County. Each telecommunicator is certified in Emergency Medical Dispatching, CPR, and LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System). Telecommunicators are generally the first person a citizen will have contact with when requesting assistance.