The Uniform Patrol Division (UPD) is the largest division of the Milton Police Department, and Chief Rick Austin oversees the division, with three leadership lieutenants.
Jason Griffin is the UPD Administrative Lieutenant.
Griffin began his career with the Milton Police Department in 2011 as a detective assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (DEA/HIDTA) Task Force. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2013 and to the rank of Lieutenant in June 2015.
Griffin began his law enforcement career in 2003 with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in Covington, Georgia. While working at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Griffin spent the majority of his career in the Criminal Investigations Division working crimes against person cases.
Griffin obtained his supervision and management certifications through the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council and has a bachelor’s degree from Reinhardt University in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Lieutenant James Hickerson commands the UPD Day Watch.
Hickerson began his career with the Milton Police Department in 2007, as a patrol officer. He also served as a Field Training Officer and on the Accident Reconstruction team. Hickerson was promoted to Sergeant in January 2013, and to the rank of Lieutenant in April 2018. Hickerson began his law enforcement career in 2005, with the Marietta Police Department as a uniformed patrol officer.
He graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice in May of 2000. He obtained his Master's degree from Columbus State University-Command College in Public Safety Administration in December 2017. He obtained his police supervision certification in 2013, and his police management certification in 2019, through the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. Hickerson was awarded the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) Trilogy award in 2019.
Lieutenant Christopher Ward commands the UPD Night Watch.
Ward began his career with the Milton Police Department in 2010, as a patrol officer and has served as a Field Training Officer, Instructor, and K-9 Handler. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2014, and served as the Sergeant over training and community outreach from 2015 to 2017. Ward was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017. He is also a Team Leader for the North Fulton SWAT Team.
Ward enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 2006, and served a total of eight years. He was assigned to B Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, and specialized in parachute operations to include high altitude-low opening (HALO) skydiving.
Ward is a 2019 graduate of Reinhardt University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a 2016 graduate of the Columbus State University Professional Management Program and was awarded the FBI-Leeda Trilogy award in 2018.
UPD responds to approximately 10,000 calls for service each year.
|Jason Griffin||Lieutenant - Uniform Patrol Division|
|James Hickerson||Lieutenant, Day Watch - Uniform Patrol Division|
|Christopher Ward||Lieutenant, Night Watch - Uniform Patrol Division|