Adam Lee III is a 27-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department and was appointed to the rank of Major on January 1, 2015
Major Lee has served the citizens of Atlanta in various assignments. His experience includes Patrol, Tactical Street Crime, Investigations, Executive Protection, Internal Affairs, the Training Academy, Night Commander, and Assistant Precinct Commander.
After graduating from the Atlanta Police Academy, he was assigned to Zone Three, which is in the Southeast quadrant of the city. He soon transferred to the elite Red Dog Street Crime Fighting Unit, where he gained the admiration of his superiors by consistently making numerous arrests of drug dealers in the city’s most drug-plagued neighborhoods.
He was later promoted to Detective and after just a few months as a Larceny Investigator, he was assigned to the Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail. He proudly held this assignment throughout the planning stages and the culmination of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. In late 1996, due to a major corruption scandal, the Atlanta Police Department created the Corruption Unit within the Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs). Lee was chosen as one of the first detectives to be a part of the Corruption Unit. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December of 1999 and remained in the Office of Professional Standards for seven more years. He conducted and supervised several high-profile investigations that resulted in the termination of corrupt police officers.
After a brief stint as a Sergeant in the Zone Five Underground and Midtown Precincts, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in August of 2008 and assigned to Zone Three as the Morning Watch Commander and later the Crime Suppression Unit Commander. In January of 2010 he was assigned as the Assistant Director of the Training Academy, overseeing the department’s annual training certifications for over 1,700 officers as well as the Recruit Training Unit that graduated approximately six classes of 30 officers per year. One of his most significant accomplishments at the Training Academy was ensuring that it received high marks from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which oversees the professional accreditation of all accredited police agencies across the country. Lee also helped re-establish the Citizen’s Police Academy, which had been on hiatus a few years prior to his arrival to the Academy.
After appointment to the rank of Captain in February 2012, he was assigned as the Night Commander where he served as the overall police Commander and Spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department during the late evening and early morning hours. Approximately a year later, he was assigned as the Assistant Precinct Commander of the Zone Two Precinct.
As a Captain, Lee also served as the Senior Public Safety Officer for the Georgia World Congress Center, which includes Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome. As Senior Public Safety Officer, Lee managed law enforcement officers for all major events hosted by the three venues, which typically require a force of up to 200 or more officers per event.
Major Lee graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Critical Incident Management from Saint Leo University. He is also a POST (Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council) certified instructor and holds several other instructor certifications. He enjoys doing his part by returning to the Police Academy often to teach in-service training and new recruits.
Major Lee and his wife Rose have enjoyed a marriage of over 22 years, during which time they have raised two daughters.