Field Operations


Major Lance Patterson Commander of Field Operations, is a native of Detroit, MI. He spent is formative years in the College Park area where he is a graduate of Banneker High School.

He began his law enforcement career in 1998 (Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy) and is proudly serving the College Park Police Department.

Maj. L. Patterson can be reached at 404-761-3131 ext. 2015 or email at lpatterson@collegeparkga.com

Lance Patterson


The Field Operations Division of the College Park Police Department consists of four Uniform Shifts led by a Lieutenant and two Sergeants with eleven officers and one jailer.

The Uniform Shifts are primarily responsible for responding to crimes in-progress and proactive patrolling of the City. The Division also contains a Traffic Unit, a Community Oriented Police Unit (COPs), a Special Operations Unit and a SWAT Team.

Many officers are cross-trained and perform dual functions.


Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams are designated law enforcement teams, whose members are recruited, selected, trained, equipped and assigned to resolve critical incidents involving a threat to public safety which would otherwise exceed the capabilities of traditional law enforcement first responders and/or investigative units.

These incidents can include barricaded subject operations, high risk warrant service and high risk apprehension operations, protective operations, response to active shooter or terrorist-related incidents, etc.

The College Park Police SWAT team currently has 12 members, which includes a Commander, Assistant Commander, Team Leader, and 9 Operators.


The College Park Police Special Operations unit primarily focuses on narcotics and vice investigations, crime suppression and “hot spot” patrol activities, warrant service, and other operations in collaboration with outside agencies that help reduce serious crime in the City of College Park.

Special Operations currently has 9 members, including a Commander, an Investigator assigned to the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office, 2 Investigators assigned to a Drug Interdiction, and 5 primary Investigators.

Special Operations are under the direct supervision of Sgt. C. Landrum, can be reached at (404) 761-3131, ext. 2248, or clandrum@collegeparkga.com

For specific tips on illegal drug activity, please call the Anonymous Tip Line at (404)768-8664