Police Department


Meet our Chief


Chief of Police Stephen Merrifield officially stepped into his role January 22, 2020. He has served the Canton Police Department for over four years. His extensive law enforcement career spans 35 years, including a long career at the Cobb County Police Department. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. 

About the Canton Police Department

At the City of Canton Police Department, we are committed to providing a professional and community police department to serve the City. It is our goal that through problem-oriented policing and increased community ties the department will continue to provide the safest environment for all who live, work and travel through the City of Canton.

This department is staffed with exceptional men and women who are led to provide the highest level of service possible to the community. This is accomplished through practicing dedication, integrity, professionalism, creative collaboration, bold leadership and inventiveness.The police department strives to be an open and integral asset to the community. We encourage anyone who is interested in becoming more familiar with our department and our personnel to contact us. We are committed to continuous improvement and recognize the role the department plays within our community and we always welcome citizen ideas and input.

Helpful Links

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta engages the entire community to work towards making communities safer.


When should I call 911?

You should call 911 anytime you need police or fire sent to your location, home, or business when you have an emergency or just need assistance for a report or question. Our Cherokee County Emergency Communications Center dispatches both emergency and non-emergency needs for our first responders through 911.

For example, if you have an emergency such as a crime in progress, a crime has occurred, a vehicle accident, person injured, etc. call 911. Or, for non-emergency events such as needing a police report, VIN verification for a tag, want to speak to the Police regarding a neighbor dispute, etc. call 911.  

If you need a copy of a police incident or accident report, need a background check, have a general question about Canton Police Department or a general inquiry regarding any of our community outreach programs, call the main administrative number at (770)720-4883 (M-F 8am-5pm) or you can email us at pdinfo@cantonga.gov .


Our administrative office at the Public Safety Building is currently open to the public.