Deputy Chief Ernest N. Finley Jr. began his career with the Atlanta Police Department on March 20, 1986, after serving four years in the U.S. Army. In January 2010, he was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief and assigned as the Field Operations Division Commander.
Deputy Chief Finley's career began as an officer in Zone 2 and Zone 6, before he joined RED DOG and was later transferred to the Personnel Section Background Investigations. In June 1993, Deputy Chief Finley was promoted to Sergeant and in 1998 was promoted to Lieutenant and supervised officers in Zone 6, Youth/Sex Crimes and the Narcotics Units.
As Commander of the Narcotics Unit Deputy Chief Finley managed and supervised the Narcotics/Weed and Seed Units and was responsible for enforcement of laws against narcotics trafficking at street level. He has developed and implemented innovative strategies to reduce narcotics trafficking in drug-infested communities. In 2003, upon being appointed to the rank of Major, he was assigned as the Commander of the Zone 3 Precinct. Under his leadership, Zone 3 received awards for having the highest crime reduction in 2004 and 2005.
Deputy Chief Finley is a strong advocate of law enforcement working in partnership with the communities and has developed numerous positive relationships with the citizens of Atlanta. Recognizing that keeping neighborhoods safe is a collective effort of law enforcement and corrections agencies, Deputy Chief Finley worked diligently in implementing the Atlanta Community Impact Program (ACIP) in Zone 3. Through ACIP, the Atlanta Police Department works with the State in monitoring probationers and parolees in an effort to reduce recidivism and helping offenders transition back into the community.
Deputy Chief Finley has been recognized by organizations and businesses for his concern for the community he serves. He received Officer of the Year in 2001 from the NPU V Community, Outstanding Community Service in 2001 from the Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation, and City of Atlanta, Quality Customer Service Initiative for the Third and Fourth Quarters of 2001.Deputy Chief Finley earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and is currently enrolled in Command College at Columbus State University to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.