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Paulding County Service
Major Robert J. Davis began his employment with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office in October of 1988. He is currently our longest consecutive serving employee. Like most everyone at the Sheriff’s Office, Major Davis began his career as a Jailer and was hired by Sheriff W.L. “Bill” Forsyth. Major Davis was one of the first Paulding County Sheriff’s Office employees to attend the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) Jail Training Course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Georgia.
In 1989, Major Davis was promoted to the Uniform Patrol Division where he worked as a patrol Deputy. He attended the Georgia P.O.S.T. Basic Law Enforcement Training Course at Floyd College Police Academy in Rome, Georgia in February of 1990 (Back then you could work as a Deputy before actually attending the police academy). Major Davis worked in the Uniform Patrol Division from 1989 to 1991 as a patrol Deputy.
In 1991, Major Davis transferred to the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit which would later become the Haralson Paulding Drug Task Force. During his time working narcotics, he was able to facilitate numerous arrests and seizures. In 2004, Major Davis was promoted to Captain and transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). In 2020, Sheriff Gary Gulledge named him the Division Commander of the CID and he was promoted to the rank of Major. Major Davis is the overall supervisor of the CID.
When newly elected Sheriff Bruce Harris (deceased) took office in 1993, Major Davis was asked to participate, along with several other Sheriff’s Office employees, in the development of the first written Standard Operating Procedures Manual for the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this, the Sheriff’s Office had no written policy manual.
Sheriff Bruce Harris, along with the then Sheriffs of Polk and Haralson County, negotiated with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to create the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force (TJCDTF) which officially started in 1994. Major Davis was one of the charter Agents selected for the TJCDTF. Eventually, the Drug Task Force would change its name to the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force (HPDTF). Major Davis worked eleven years on the drug task force and was involved in a wide array of cases to include large scale sting operations/drug reverses, surveillance, undercover operations and street level drug enforcement.
When he transferred into the CID in 2004, he has been responsible for revising and implementing several policies and programs for the Sheriff’s Office to include:
-Criminal Investigations Case Reporting Manual
-Photo Line Ups/Witness Procedures
-Case Screening and Solvability Factors
-Domestic Violence Protocols
-Creation and Implementation of Paulding Sheriff’s Camera Connect Database
Throughout his career, Major Davis has received extensive training at the National Intelligence Academy in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in advanced electronic and video surveillance as well as physical surveillance training. During his career in working narcotics, he was also tasked with giving several public presentations both to church groups and for public safety employees on the effects of and dangers of methamphetamine use, indicators of the presence of methamphetamine labs, and first-responder safety when encountering clandestine labs. In addition to the aforementioned training, he also participated in the below listed courses:
-P.O.S.T. Supervision Training Levels 1, 2, 3
-P.O.S.T. Management Training Levels 1, 2 ,3
-Criminal Investigations Management training
-Advanced Leadership Courses
-Homicide Investigations/Forensic Pathology
-Crime Scene Processing
-At-Risk Adult Crimes (Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation) Certification by State of Georgia
-Clandestine Lab and Hazardous Materials Certification at Reinhardt University
-Hazardous Materials Site Safety Officer Training at GPSTC
Major Davis regularly participates in the Paulding Cops For Kids, Inc. Christmas shopping program. This is a program where the Sheriff’s Office takes local underprivileged children shopping every Christmas. He also he served for two years on the Paulding Cops for Kids, Inc. Advisory Board.
He enjoys music, gardening, and travel with his wife and they are both active in their local church. They have five adult children and three grandchildren.
Favorite quote: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin