The Public Affairs Unit serves as a liaison between the Atlanta Police Department, the community, and the news media, to provide timely, accurate and useful information about significant events. The Public Affairs Office also advises the Chief and the command staff on public opinion and news media response regarding Departmental issues.

Media Relations- The focus of the media relations team is to provide timely dissemination of information to the public. Additionally, the team works with media, community and business leaders, elected officials and other members of the public to promote excellence in police services; mobilize public involvement; and increase awareness of public safety initiatives that build upon the department's crime reduction strategies.
 
Special Events- The Public Affairs Office coordinates the presentation of semi-annual award ceremonies and memorial services. They also serve as a liaison with the public, providing timely, accurate and useful information about significant events.

Open Records- The Open Records Office coordinates the department’s responses to requests made for information and documents in custody of the Atlanta Police Department in compliance with state and federal laws.