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DeKalb police picks 2 new high-ranking leaders

DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy on Wednesday announced two new assistant chiefs. 

Maj. Tony Catlin was promoted from assistant commander to assistant chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, a police spokesperson said. Catlin replaces C. Yarbro, who is becoming assistant uniform division chief after the retirement of Edward Jones. 

Catlin will be responsible for managing 105 detectives and 22 civilian employees. 

Maj. Sonya Porter was promoted to assistant chief of the new Support Services Division. Previously a section of the Special Services Division, this reorganization emphasizes “the importance of training and outreach,” a news release said. 

Porter will continue to oversee the DeKalb Police Training Academy, recruitment and outreach services, including the Police Athletic League, chaplain program, the Citizens Police Academy and more. She oversees 48 sworn personnel and 43 civilian employees. 

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“The extensive and dedicated experience of these two leaders will prove to be a benefit to the citizens of the county,” the chief said. “They represent the future of law enforcement in DeKalb.” 

Catlin and Porter are veterans of DeKalb police with 23 years of experience each.  

Catlin started as a patrol officer in 1994, became a detective in 1998 and has lived and raised a family in DeKalb for 34 years.  

A Marine veteran, Porter held various positions in support services for four years including commander for leadership and diversity and training academy director.  

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