Major Sharonne Steed


Corporate Services Section

Sharonne “Shea” A. Steed was appointed to the rank of Major on December 29, 2016. Major Steed is an Atlanta native and has served the Department for 19 years.

After graduating from the Training Academy, she was assigned to Zone 6 Evening Watch as a patrol officer, initially walking a foot patrol in East Lake Meadows housing project. In Zone 6, she also patrolled Edgewood, Little Five Points, and was the beat officer in the Poncey Highland area. Early assignments also included working undercover details in the Vice Unit, as a beat officer on Zone 4 Morning Watch (Oakland City area), and in the newly re-organized Accreditation Unit. As an officer in the Accreditation Unit, she worked towards the Department’s goal to seek its first national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In Zone 4, she also worked as a Field Training Officer and helped to train the Department’s newest officers.

In February 2004, she was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Zone 5. While in Zone 5, she worked Auburn Avenue, Mobile, and Underground precincts as a watch supervisor. She became one of the first Crisis Intervention Team trained officers in the Department and became a trainer for the program. In 2007, she was assigned as a supervisor in Staff Inspections and worked closely to ensure that the Department’s policies and procedures were in compliance with CALEA national standards.

In December 2007, she was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Zone 5 as a Morning Watch Commander. She later moved to Zone 4 as the Evening Watch Commander. In July 2010, she was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards, as the Internal Affairs Unit Commander, where she worked closely on several high profile administrative investigations and partnered with the newly reconstituted Atlanta Citizen Review Board.

In October 2012, as a lieutenant, she returned for a third time to the now combined operations of the Staff Inspections Unit and the Accreditations Unit. She served as the Accreditation Manager and oversaw the Department’s third national re-accreditation through CALEA. She also successfully directed the Department in receiving its first State Certification through the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally, she successfully worked on new initiatives and projects involving police operations within the City’s new Streetcar system and false alarm notification system.

In January 2014, she moved to a new assignment as the Assistant Director at the Training Academy, managing the Professional Development Unit and the Recruit Cadre. In this role, she ensured the training standards mandated by P.O.S.T. and the Department were met, managed the fiscal year budget, tracked expenditures from Academy operations, and coordinated the biannual Citizen’s Police Academy. Before 2014 was over, she returned to Zone 4 Day Watch as a watch commander.

In December 2014, she was appointed to the rank of Captain and assigned to Zone 2 precinct as the Assistant Zone Commander. In this position, she was able to greatly interact and relate with not only the patrol officers, supervisors, and watch/unit commanders but also the citizens of the largest police zone in the City.

Major Steed completed her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, graduating with Academic Honors, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. She also successfully completed training as a Georgia P.O.S.T. General Instructor and has been an instructor for varied subject matter. Major Steed is also a State Certification Assessor through the Georgia Police Association Coalition (GPAC).

In 2014, she completed the Atlanta Police Leadership Institute (APLI) Tier 4 program for leadership and continued professional development. In conjunction with APLI Tier 5 requirements, Major Steed was also selected to travel to Israel for two weeks, where she completed the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) and Leadership Development Center of the Israel Police. Major Steed is scheduled to attend the July 2017 Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) at Boston University.

Major Steed is the daughter of retired Atlanta Police Major J. B. Steed and the proud mother of Jayda.