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Honor, Integrity and Service

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The mission of the Chatham County Police Department is to provide excellence in police services while building partnerships with the citizens in the community in which we serve.


Message From Chief Jeffrey M. Hadley

Nothing is more important to the men and women of the Chatham County Police Department than providing a safe community for everyone who lives, works and visits here. Community policing is the foundation of our department, and transparency is an important part of the relationships we continue to build. We want everyone to have a clear understanding of the expectations of every officer, every time they report for duty.

Our Use of Force Policy clearly details how our officers are expected to respond when a situation has the potential to escalate, and might require an officer to act to protect bystanders or themselves from physical harm or death.

Chatham County Police Department officers are held to the highest standards, and our department policies mean:

  1. No choke holds or neck restraints.
  2. Weapons are fired only as a last resort when there is an imminent threat of death or physical harm to a bystander or police officer.
  3. A verbal warning is given before a gun is fired, if practical.
  4. No weapons are fired at moving vehicles.
  5. Officers always attempt to de-escalate situations.
  6. All officers have a duty to uphold the law, intervene when necessary, and report any violation of department policy.
  7. All use of force incidents are reported to supervisors and documented in detail.
  8. Officers will employ only the amount of force reasonably necessary to accomplish the task when force is necessary.

The Chatham County Police Department adheres to the standards and best practices of The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

Anyone who believes they have information regarding police misconduct can contact the Chatham County Police Department's Office of Professional Standards at 912-650-6101, or by emailing Capt. Dean Fagerstrom at dfagerstrom@chathamcounty.org.

And, if I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to email me at ccpdchief@chathamcounty.org.

Proud to serve,

Chief Jeffrey M. Hadley
Chatham County Police Department


Who We Are

The Chatham County Police Department serves the unincorporated areas of Chatham County, which is roughly 196 square miles of the County. The men and women of this are highly trained and dedicated to the service of the citizens of their community. These are the core values every member in the department:

  • Professionalism
    Taking pride in our actions, duties, development and appearance
  • Respect
    Treat all people in a dignified and courteous manner, exhibit understanding of all ethnic and cultural diversity, both in action and deed
  • Integrity
    We strive to adhere to moral and ethical principles at all times
  • Service
    We provide quality service in a courteous efficient and accessible manner
  • Equality
    We are committed to treating all people impartially and with unbiased judgment
  • Honor
    We serve with honor through our actions, conduct, and job performance.