That happened during both early success and controversy for the force of 125 sworn officers. The department launched to much fanfare in July 2006 and earned state certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
But Chief Gene Wilson, who had led the force since its inception, resigned last summer without giving a reason. The move came after several officers were fired when an investigation revealed, among other things, that some superiors directed officers to leave their shifts to do part-time traffic enforcement work.
Sult built upon some local partnerships when he first arrived and created others. The department, for instance works with the North Central Security Alliance, a consortium of private security firms, to battle crime in the Perimeter area and is in talks to joint a multi-jurisdictional task force on burglary.
This summer, Sult also created a crime prevention program for the city’s 75 apartment complexes, to help managers learn how to make physical changes to their property, such as making streetlights brighter or adding fences, to deter would-be criminals.
Sult also has shaken up the internal workings of the department, assigning teams of officers and supervisors to geographic districts in the city.
The system makes senior leaders directly responsible for their zones, and requires officers to develop more local contacts, to build their efforts around battling whatever crime or problem is plaguing that specific area, Sult said.
Certainly it underscores that sense of community and makes for better accountability for our force,” Sult said. “It reinforces the idea that the Sandy Springs Police Department belongs to the community.”