Albany Police Department

Police Chief, Michael J. Persley

Michael J. Persley was promoted to the rank of Chief on May 23, 2015 and assumed the duties of being the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the City of Albany.  He has been employed with the Albany Police Department for 21 years and has held numerous positions within the department.  He was previously the Gang Unit Commander, East District Police Commander, and Assistant Commander of the Albany-Dougherty Metro SWAT Team where he has served as an entry team member, assistant team leader, team leader and negotiations commander.  His other assignments have included working in narcotics, general and gang investigations.  

Chief Persley holds a Master Degree in Administration/Justice and Security from University of Phoenix, a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Darton College.

Chief Persley has over 2700 hours of basic and advanced police training.  He is a graduate of the IACP Leadership in Police Organization and is a member of the National Tactical Officer Association, Georgia Tactical Officer Association, Georgia Gang Investigator Association, Georgia Association Chiefs of Police and International Association Chiefs of Police.

Chief Persley is also a member of the Georgia Army National Guard and has been serving for over 21 years.  He has been an enlisted soldier and is currently holding the rank of Captain.  He has served on deployments to Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan


 Albany Police Department Mission Statement

Provide quality law enforcement services in an efficient manner that keeps the public trust while maintaining order in our community.


The Albany Police Department is accredited by the State of Georgia Association of Chief’s of Police and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The department is nestled in the heart of downtown Albany and employs a total of 214 sworn officers and 35 civilians.

Contact us:

201 West Oglethorpe Boulevard
Albany, Georgia 31702
(229) 431-2100


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