Patrol Division

The Sandy Springs Police Department’s Patrol Division are the first responders to calls for service within the City. The City of Sandy Springs is divided into nine patrol beats. These beats are patrolled by our officers who become familiar with their areas and the communities they protect. Officers respond to a myriad of calls including vehicle crashes, crimes in progress, traffic complaints, just to name a few. The Patrol Division provides 24-hour coverage patrolling your neighborhoods, business districts, and the interstates. The men and women assigned to the Patrol Division are the backbone of the organization and are always happy to assist our citizens and those visiting the City of Sandy Springs.

The Patrol Division is commanded by Captain Spears. The Captain is supported by four Lieutenants, each of which commands a patrol shift with their two Sergeants and officers.

Captain Andrew Spears is the Patrol Division Commander. He has been with the Sandy Springs Police Department since November 2006. His assignments have included Uniform Patrol, Special Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Staff Inspections, SWAT, and Honor Guard. Captain Spears is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute. He was a member of the 27th GILEE Delegation (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange) to Israel and is also a recent graduate of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Command College.

Captain Spears can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-3302.

Lieutenant Ronald Johnson is currently assigned as the Day A supervisor. He started his police career with the City of Statesboro Police Department. He then worked for the Fulton County Police Department for ten years before joining the Sandy Springs Police Department. His previous assignments include North Metro SWAT, Street Crimes Unit, and as a South District Patrol Sergeant. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. He is the lead instructor for the department’s Women Self Defense Class.

Lieutenant Johnson can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-6941

Lieutenant David G. Romero is currently Evening A supervisor. Lieutenant Romero began his law enforcement career on March 1, 2000, with the Fulton County Police Department. Lieutenant Romero is one of the original officers that started in July 2006. During his 20-year career, his assignments have included Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations. He is currently the Crisis Negotiations Commander for two Crisis Negotiations Teams assigned to the North Metro S.W.A.T. Unit.

Lieutenant Romero can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-6959.

Lieutenant Will Johnson is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Lieutenant Johnson joined the Sandy Springs Police Department in 2013 and has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience. His assignments have included Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer (FTO), Street Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations, Crisis Negotiations Team, Narcotics and Vice, and the Technology Unit. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Herzing University in Homeland Security, specializing in counter terrorism. Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institutes 144th Administrative Officers Course. He is also enrolled in the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police 88th Command College at Columbus State University, pursuing his Masters in Public Administration.

Lt. Johnson can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-3314.

Lieutenant David Lapides is currently assigned to Evening B Squad. Lieutenant Lapides has served with the department since its inception in 2006. His career in law enforcement began in 1997 with the Fulton County Police Department. His assignments have included Uniform Patrol, DUI Task Force, Accident Investigations, Crisis Negations, Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs, and Staff Inspections. Lieutenant Lapides has an Associates of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia Perimeter College, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Reinhardt College, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. He is also a Dean’s List graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, Class 142, from the University of Louisville. Lieutenant Lapides is also the treasury for the Sandy Springs Police Benevolent Fund.

Lt. Lapides can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-6933.