The Special Operations Division is comprised of the Street Crimes Unit, Traffic Unit, K-9 Unit, and the Bicycle Unit.
Captain James McNabb is the Special Operations Division Commander. He was one of the original 86 officers who started with the Sandy Springs Police Department in July 2006. Captain McNabb began his law enforcement career with the Fulton County Police Department in 1999. His assignments have included Uniform Patrol, SWAT, Street Crimes, Community Relations, and Criminal Investigations. Captain McNabb received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. Lieutenant McNabb is a recent graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course from the University of Louisville.
Captain McNabb can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-6932.
Street Crime Unit and K-9 Unit
Lieutenant Joe Simone is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division overseeing the Street Crimes Unit and K-9 Unit. Lt. Simone, a native New Yorker, began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Fulton County Police Department and moved to SSPD in 2006. His assignments have included Patrol, Narcotics, Special Investigations, and the DEA Task Force during his career. Lt. Simone is a Reinhardt University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Lieutenant Simone can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-6934
Street Crime Unit
Sergeant Tim Snow is currently assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. Sergeant Snow began his law enforcement career in 1998 in the State of Alabama. In 2009, Sergeant Snow joined the Sandy Springs Police Department. In 2021 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division.
During his 24 year career, his assignments have included Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations Unit (Narcotics Unit), Special Operations Crime Suppression Team Street Crimes Unit and Quick Response Force (QRF) Team. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
Sgt. Snow can be contacted via e-mail or by phone at 770-551-2572
Sergeant Nick Smith is a supervisor for the K-9 Unit. Sgt. Smith has been with the Sandy Springs Police Department since its inception in 2006 and is one of the original 86 officers. His past assignments include Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division, and Background & Recruiting. Sgt. Smith has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Brockport and is a certified instructor from the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). Additionally, Sgt. Smith is the Assistant Commander of the Quick Response Force (QRF) team, a multi-functional unit composed of Sandy Springs Police Officers and Tactical Medics from the Sandy Springs Fire Department.
Sgt. Smith can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-554-6924.
Traffic Unit and Bicycle Unit
Lieutenant Timothy Sheffield is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division overseeing the Traffic Unit and Bicycle Unit. Lieutenant Sheffield has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. He has served with Sandy Springs Police Department since 2008. His background consists of Uniform Patrol, Tactical Operations, Motorcycle Operations, SWAT, Narcotics investigations, and K9. Lieutenant Sheffield has an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University.
Lieutenant Sheffield can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-6918.
Sergeant Leon Millholland joined the Sandy Springs Police Department in October 2010. He has served as a patrol officer, Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic/traffic officer, street crimes detective, and recruiter/applicant background investigator. In May 2022, Sergeant Millholland was promoted to his present rank and assigned to the Patrol Division. After nearly a year with the Patrol Division, he was assigned to the Traffic Unit. Prior to joining Sandy Springs PD, Sergeant Millholland worked with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, beginning in 2001. While with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, he served as a patrol deputy, criminal investigator, school resource officer, and a member of the Special Response Team. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 24th, 1987 as part of the delayed entry program and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on May 1st, 2013. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Arts degree in Management from National University in San Diego, California. Sergeant Millholland is also a sniper on the North Metro Special Weapons and Tactics team and a member of the Sandy Springs Police Department Honor Guard.
Sergeant Millholland can be contacted via email or phone at 770-551-6931.
Sergeant F. Esposito is a supervisor in the Traffic Unit. Sergeant Esposito has been with the department since 2016, where he has worked in Patrol and the Street Crimes Unit. He is an Assistant Team Leader with the North Metro SWAT team and is one of the certified explosive breachers. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2021. He started his career in 2012 with the DeKalb County Police Department.
Sergeant Esposito can be reached via email or by phone at 770-206-1499.
Sergeant A. Rausch is the supervisor of the Sandy Springs Bike Unit, he supervises six bike officers, who together patrol the downtown area of Sandy Springs. Sgt. Rausch is also commander over the Sandy Springs Police Swift water Rescue team. He began his career at the Sandy Springs in July 2006 after having previously worked at the Fulton County Police Department. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to evening watch patrol. In addition to patrol duties, he has served as a deputy district commander and as a community coordinator. Additionally, Sgt. Rausch supervised the Criminal Investigations unit for several years. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Sergeant Rausch can be contacted via e-mail or phone at 770-551-3305
Sergeant Cory Begeal supervises the Bike Patrol Unit. Sergeant Begeal is a native New Yorker, began his law enforcement career in 1998, and is an original Sandy Springs Police Department member. During his 24-year career, his assignments have included Uniform Patrol, Community Affairs, Special Investigation Unit, Crime Suppression Unit, and North Metro S.W.A.T.
Sergeant Begeal can be contacted via e-mail or by phone at 770-206-1537.