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Guide To Gwinnett: Police, Fire & Emergency Services

Keeping over 900,000 Gwinnettians safe within almost 437 square miles is no small matter… and it takes no small number of public safety personnel to do it.

Firefighting and emergency medical response in Gwinnett is generally handled by the Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Services Department, which is the largest fire service district in Georgia. The department operates 30 fire stations and 25 life-support medical units throughout the county, and employs 898 people who respond to over 74,000 calls each year.

Firefighting and medical help aren’t all the department does, of course. The department oversees outdoor burning, issues permits and certificates of occupancy, leads community education, and investigates fires. They even have HazMat, swift water rescue, technical rescue, and bike medic teams. And, for ceremonial events such as funerals and parades, they call out the Honor Guard to show (and get) respect in their dress uniforms and highly polished fire truck.

Policing in Gwinnett is a bit more complicated. Depending on the circumstances, citizens might seek the help of the Gwinnett County Sheriff, the Gwinnett County Police, a city police department, private security firms contracted by cities, or others. (See our sidebar for who to contact where you live.)

Gwinnett County Sheriff R.L. (Butch) Conway occupies an elected constitutional office that is not a department of the county government. The Office of the Sheriff includes 555 sworn officers and operates the jail, provides court security, serves civil papers, executes arrest warrants and evictions, and other functions.

The Gwinnett County Police Department, led by Chief A.A. (Butch) Ayers, includes 784 sworn officers and handles many areas of law enforcement from traffic stops to animal welfare enforcement. The county police department manages permitting for certain types of enterprises; enforces quality of life ordinances, such as those dealing with property maintenance, signs, and the registration of vacant/foreclosed property; provides primary law enforcement for unincorporated areas of the county, and to municipalities by contract; and runs educational crime prevention programs, among other things.

Lots of Gwinnett cities have their own police departments. Others contract policing to the county police. Some smaller municipalities supplement county efforts with city marshal programs, which focus on issues like code enforcement and generally rely on county police for law enforcement. At least one city, Sugar Hill, uses security guards for patrol, though these are not trained first responders.

If that weren’t enough, there are a few other types of law enforcement you might encounter in Gwinnett:

  • Campus police, in several varieties; University System of Georgia police officers are sworn peace officers
  • Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division are departments of the Georgia Department of Public Safety
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation may have jurisdiction in some types of cases
  • The Department of Natural Resources employs Conservation Rangers, enforcing boating, environmental, and wildlife laws

The lesson is that you should feel pretty well-cared-for in Gwinnett. And, in an emergency, getting to the right agency couldn’t be simpler: always dial 911.


Police & Fire Contacts

Gwinnett County Police and Fire Services
Gwinnett County Sheriff
Sheriff R.L. (Butch) Conway


General Fire and Emergency Services


Gwinnett County Police
Chief A.A. (Butch) Ayers


Municipal Police Departments

Auburn Police Department
Chief Carl F. Moulder


Berkley Lake Police Services*


Braselton Police Department
Chief Terry Esco
706-654-3915 x1101

Buford Department of Public Safety
Buford Public Safety Director Dan Branch
Buford City Marshal Jerry Ethridge


Dacula City Marshals
Marshal Steve Cline, 678-548-5439
Marshal Greg Chapel, 770-639-6441


Duluth Police Department
Chief R.D. Belcher


Grayson Police Services*


Lawrenceville Police Department
Chief L. (Randy) Johnson
770-963-2443 (Dispatch)


Lilburn Police Department


Loganville Police Department
Chief Mike McHugh


Norcross Police Department
Chief Bill Grogan


Peachtree Corners Police Services*


Rest Haven Police Services*


Snellville City Police Department
Chief Roy Whitehead


Sugar Hill Public Safety


Suwanee Police Department
Chief Mike Jones


*Policing for Berkley Lake, Grayson, Peachtree Corners, and Rest Haven are provided by Gwinnett County Police



Other Sources of Help


American Red Cross


Atlanta Legal Aid


Battered Womens Shelter (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) Atlanta


Battered Womens Shelter (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) Gwinnett


Child Abuse Reports

911 or 770-513-5700


Council for Women



D.F.A.C.S. Department of Family & Children Services



Gwinnett Childrens Shelter



Gwinnett County
District Attorneys Office: Main Number


Gwinnett County District Attorneys Office: Victim/Witness Program


Gwinnett County Juvenile Court


Gwinnett County Magistrate Court


Gwinnett County Police Main Number
770-513-5000 or -5700


Gwinnett County Police Criminal Investigations


Gwinnett County Sheriffs Department/Jail


Gwinnett County Solicitors Office


Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center/Rape Crisis Center


Helpline Georgia


Men Stopping Violence


Senior Services


Suicide Counseling


Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 hours)


Young Adult Guidance Center