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Office of Professional Standards

The mission of the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) is to serve and protect the public, GDC employees, and GDC offenders, by leveraging both administrative and criminal investigative proficiencies to provide oversight for GDC leadership and staff, while coordinating and collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies and other stakeholders.

OPS is responsible for providing unbiased, uncompromising accountability, and results that reflect the highest professional and ethical standards. This office accomplishes its mission by recruiting the best and most qualified candidates for each position, while promoting quality education and advanced training. The office optimizes information, technology, and state of the art equipment and integrates it into the agency’s systems and processes.

OPS consists of three major divisions: Criminal Investigations Division, Intelligence Division, and the Operations Division. Each division is comprised of work units focused on specific tasks to achieve GDC’s overall mission of making all Georgians safer.


  • The Criminal Investigations Division encompasses the entire State of Georgia with regional offices in the North Region, Southeast Region, and the Southwest Region.
  • The Intelligence Division is comprised of the Criminal Intelligence Unit, the Digital Forensics Unit, and the Security Threat Group Unit.
  • The Operations Division includes the Fugitive Unit, the Canine Unit, and the Special Response Team.

For more information on the Office of Professional Standards, click here.

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