Johns Creek officer takes 4 gold medals in national track event

USA Police and Fire Championship held in San Diego

Credit: Photo courtesy of Shy’Keya Wimberly

Credit: Photo courtesy of Shy’Keya Wimberly

Bad guys, don’t try to run from Johns Creek Police Officer Shy’Keya Wimberly. There’s a good chance she’ll catch you.

Wimberly, who has worked for the north Fulton County department since November, won four gold medals over the weekend in California, where she competed in track events during the USA Police and Fire Championship.

“It’s like everything you would find in the Olympics except it’s just cops and firefighters,” Wimberly told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On Saturday, she took first place in her events: 100m, 200m, 400m, and 400 hurdles.

Oh, and last year, she also won all of her events.

An Alabama native and runner since she was 12, Wimberly said she’s a hurdler and middle-distance runner. While a member of the Southern Wesleyan University track team, she won two national titles. Wimberly finished her college running career at Florida State University, where she graduated in 2018 with a double major in criminology and African-American studies. She’s currently completing her master’s degree in law enforcement intelligence at FSU.

Although she considered becoming a professional track athlete, Wimberly instead chose law enforcement and enjoys the opportunities she’s had to serve her new community. She decided to move to the metro area after commuting from Florida for two years as a member of the Atlanta Empire, a women’s football team.

After her wins, Wimberly returned home Sunday and got back to work.

“It’s cool to be able to combine my profession with something I love to do,” she said.