Emory Police Department

The mission of the Emory Police Department is to provide professional police services in partnership with the community we serve. Through our words and our actions, we strive to be an engaged partner and informed leader in the field of higher education policing.

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Cheryl Elliott

Chief of Police

Chief Cheryl Elliott

Cheryl D. Elliott joined the Emory Police Department (EPD) in May 2021 as its third chief of police. This Atlanta native has more than 35 years of higher education law enforcement experience, including 22 years with EPD.

Elliott has served as EPD’s public information officer, crime prevention and community relations lieutenant, and commander of the Criminal Investigation Unit. She wrote the department’s Policy and Procedure manual and was deputy chief, overseeing the Communications Unit, the Threat Assessment Team, and EPD training, before retiring in 2017. Throughout her career with Emory, she has focused on building strong community connections. As chief, that work continues. 

Under her leadership, EPD strives to be a leader in higher education policing. Elliott understands that success requires positive community interactions, transparency, and consistent communication. She is here to ignite bold changes that enhance public safety across Emory.

Aligned with the university mission of applying knowledge in the service of humanity, EPD is an active partner with the International Association for Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and is pursuing certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. EPD also is implementing best practices recommended by President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st-Century Policing. Most important, EPD is strengthening its relationship with Emory’s diverse community as well as neighboring law enforcement agencies.

A leader in law enforcement practice and policy, Elliott has various certifications with the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council and is a POST senior instructor. Elliott is board-certified as a certified protection professional and a professional certified investigator through ASIS International Inc. She is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Elliott has a bachelor's degree in history from Georgia State University and a master of public administration degree from Columbus State University. She also is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Mailing Address:
Emory Police Department
1784 North Decatur Road
Suite G01
Atlanta, GA 30322