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Clark Atlanta University Names Alumnus Joe L. Little Jr. Chief of Police

Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Contact: Mario Boone

ATLANTA (Sept. 6, 2016) – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Ronald A. Johnson Sept. 2 named Alumnus Joe L. Little Jr. Chief of Campus Police and Director of Emergency Management.  Little, who had served as interim chief since August 15, joined the CAU Police Department in 2012 as Deputy Chief.   He succeeds former CAU Police Chief Thomas Y. Trawick Jr., who now serves as Director of Safety and Security for the Clayton County Public School System.

“Chief Little possesses the expertise, the capacity for critical analysis and, most important, the appropriate sensitivities necessary to help create a student-centered environment where learning, safety and healthful growth are top priorities,” Johnson said.  “That a son of Clark Atlanta has chosen to share these crucial attributes with our institution makes us all the more proud!”

A 1997 graduate of the University, Little also is a graduate of the Atlanta Police Academy.  He gained his considerable law enforcement experience during a 26-year career with the Atlanta Police Department and spent several years patrolling the streets of Atlanta's Zone 3.  He also was one of the original members of the Red Dog Unit targeting street-level drug dealers, and was later promoted to the rank of detective and assigned to work undercover in the Narcotics Unit, making arrests on high-level drug dealers.

After a year with the Narcotics Unit, Little was assigned to the Intelligence Unit, where he was responsible for electronic surveillance and dignitary protection details.  In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He later returned to the Red Dog Unit as administrative supervisor and lead supervisor for field units.  He subsequently served as administrative supervisor for the deputy chief of field operations, the largest section within the Atlanta Police Department. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, becoming commander of the APD’s SWAT Team.  No officers were injured during his nine-year command.

"I am committed to safeguarding the Clark Atlanta University community," Little says.  "We will continue to be vigilant in protecting our students and, as important, ensuring that we take full advantage of opportunities to educate and empower students to reap the full benefit of their CAU experience, on and off campus.  Our goal,” he added, “is to engage and participate in community interactions that foster strong, positive, lifelong relationships with our students as they prepare to become leaders in myriad fields of endeavor."

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