The Canton Police Department adheres to community policing values. These values mandate that we be as concerned with customer service as we are with maintaining a safe community. Community policing is a philosophy that often mandates different strategies for different communities, with the cornerstone being police listening to and responding to our community’s needs. As the Chief of Police, I have grown to understand the impact and influence social media can have on departmental activities and keeping our citizens informed.
-Chief Mark Mitchell
In 1992, at the age of 21, Chief Mark J. Mitchell began his career in law enforcement
with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. He started as a Patrol Deputy and in 1996 he
was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he supervised Deputies in
Patrol, D.A.R.E, Court
promoted to Lieutenant in Patrol in 2005 and then a year later to the rank of 1 st
Lieutenant (Executive Officer) as the Assistant Uniform Division Commander. In 2011,
Chief Mitchell was transferred to assume the role of Commander of the Criminal
Investigation Division, where he led until he was commissioned to the rank of Captain
over the Uniform Patrol Division in 2012.
During his tenure with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Mitchell also served
sixteen (16) years as the agency’s Public Information Officer and was a seventeen (17)
year member of the Newton County S.W.A.T. team, with the last six (6) years as the
In July 2013, Chief Mitchell was hired as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Canton
Police Department and worked closely with Chief of Police to continue to improve the
agency in moving forward as a very professional Law Enforcement organization. On
December 29, 2014, Chief Mitchell was very honored and blessed to be appointed as
the Chief of Police. Today, he works alongside a group of very professional men and
women who are dedicated and committed to building trusting relationships and
improving the quality of life for the Community they protect and serve.
In addition, Chief Mitchell attained his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy
Academy in Quantico, Va., received the “Trilogy Award” from FBI-LEEDA and received
his Chief’s Certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs’ of Police (GACP).
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