In addition to preparing every student to graduate ready for college and career, Atlanta Public Schools provides a safe and secure environment for its students, employees and campuses. A progressive and forward-thinking organization, the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department appreciates the support of the Atlanta Board of Education, superintendent, staff, and community for recognizing the importance of school safety and the linkage to student success. Restructuring the department into a "new" Office of Safety and Security creates a more effective and efficient unit within the Operations division to better support schools within the district. The re-scoping of responsibilities, expansion of personnel roles - coupled with providing support resources to employees - will directly impact a safe and orderly teaching environment.
Our MissionCreate a safe and secure learning environment by providing comprehensive professional public safety, technical and emergency services for students and stakeholders.
VisionA national leader in school safety and security services where students and staff feel safe and parents and the community trust our professional services
Educate and engage students and stakeholders
Serve as instructional leaders
Commit to high-quality instructional service
Act with integrity and transparency
Be accessible and approachable
Go beyond what is expected
Be proactive and focused
Project a positive and professional image
- Ensure all actions are student/child-focused;
- Incorporate more positive interventions/behavioral supports;
- Recruit, select and retain highly qualified safety professionals who are a good "fit" for students and schools;
- Increase technical abilities for data integration of technical to proactively improve safety and security around our schools;
- Build a comprehensive professional development program customized to the school environment and aligned with district priorities;
- Strengthen emergency preparedness beyond operational readiness;
- Expand engagement strategy to include students, staff, parents and community and public safety professionals.
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A Bold Direction for APS Safety and Security
With a student-centered focus, Atlanta Public Schools launched an in-house Office of Safety and Security in the 2016-2017 school year. That bold new step included a new Police Department, Emergency Management as well as a Security Operations department. The Police Department includes School Resource Officers (SROs) who philosophically align with the district’s social emotional learning approach, and a national TRIAD model that involves law enforcement officers serving as informal counselors and educators. The district’s SROs are assigned to middle and high schools to support students, staff and parents, and to secure its campuses.
The National Association of School Resource Officers has partnered with APS to facilitate SRO training, which involves positive behavior support interventions and other student-centered services such as social emotional learning and conflict resolution consistency. Additionally, the SROs will have staffing assignments and focused training to foster a safe, orderly teaching and learning environment in Atlanta Public Schools.
The APS Office of Safety and Security is led by Chief Ron Applin, a veteran law enforcement leader. He guides a team of more than 100 law enforcement professionals assigned to the APS Police Department (APS-PD), Emergency Management Department and Security Operations Department. The APS Office of Safety and Security is part of the APS Operations Division.Learn more about the launch of the APS Office of Safety and Security: