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Homeland Security

The Alpharetta Police Department Homeland Security Office is committed to ensuring the safety and security of the community it serves. To achieve this goal, we strive to create and maintain a symbiotic relationship with the residents and businesses within our community. The key to ensuring a safe homeland is the efficient and effective sharing of information and training, along with comprehensive emergency planning which addresses a broad spectrum of hazards.

Alpharetta Police Department Homeland Security 
Will Merrill 
Homeland Security

Important Contact Numbers

Alpharetta Police / Fire (non emergency)-678-297-6300
Alpharetta Police Crime Free Tip Line-678-297-6307

Crime Tip Online Form ( Report a Crime Tip)

Important Websites 
Georgia Homeland Security – 
Georgia Emergency Management Agency- 
Georgia Bureau of Investigation-
Federal Emergency management Agency- 
Federal Dept. of Homeland Security-

Indicators of Suspicious Activities

Surveillance: Someone recording or monitoring activities. This may include the use of cameras (either still or video), note taking, drawing diagrams, annotating on maps, or using binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices.

Elicitation: People or organizations attempting to gain information about business / security operations, capabilities, or people. Elicitation attempts may be made by mail, fax, telephone, or in person.*Examples could include being approached at a gas station (or mall or airport or library, etc) and asked about what’s happening at your place of business; getting a fax (or an e-mail or a telephone call, etc) asking for number of employees... or other sensitive business information to include; question on parking, on site security, questions on building design, which local restaurants are frequented by your companies personnel;... or the workings of your businesses network firewall, etc.

Dry run: Putting people into position and moving them around according to their plan without actually committing the terrorist act. This is especially true when planning a kidnapping, but it can also pertain to bombings. An element of this activity could also include mapping out routes and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow. Take note of people moving around from place to place without any apparent purpose and doing it, perhaps, many times. The appropriate example here is the Sept. 11 hijackers, who are now known to have actually flown on those exact flights several times before Sept. 11. Their purpose was to practice getting their people into position, working out arrival times,parking, ticketing, going through security, boarding, etc.

Deploying assets: People and supplies getting into position to commit the act. This is a person’s last chance to alert authorities before the terrorist act occurs. Look for people loading up vehicles with weaponry/ explosives, etc, and/or parking that vehicle somewhere, or people in uniforms (who don’t look right) approaching an installation or getting into a vehicle, or people who seem out of place standing by at a certain location as if waiting for something to happen.

Tests of security: Any attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.

Examples: a person grabs an exterior door and shakes it and sees how long it takes for police to respond; a driver approaches the front gate (without ID and/or car sticker) and pretends to be lost or to have taken a wrong turn, just to learn the procedures of how he is dealt with and how far into the gate he can get before being turned around; a person places a "smoke bomb" near a fence or throws it over the fence, just to learn how quickly police respond and what effect that has on front-gate operations, etc.

Acquiring supplies: Purchasing or stealing company property to include, company id cards, badges, personnel roster, electronic key cards, etc.

Suspicious persons out of place: People who don’t seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment, or anywhere else. . This category is hard to define, but the point is that people know what looks right and what doesn’t look right in their neighborhoods, office spaces, commutes, etc, and if a person just doesn’t seem like he or she belongs, there’s probably a reason for that.

Business Watch

Through the Business Watch Program, the Alpharetta Police Department will work closely with the businesses in the city to ensure a safe and profitable business environment is maintained. Some of the services we can offer are:


Please contact the Alpharetta Police For further information

Will Merrill
Homeland Security

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