Major Kimberly Payne is currently assigned as the commander of the Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS). The COPS section is responsible for establishing proactive community partnerships through the Police Athletic League (Pal), HOPE team, Path Force, Community Liaisons, PIVOT, and Crime Prevention Inspectors.
Major Payne joined the Atlanta Police Department in October 1988. She began her law enforcement career in Zone 4 as a patrol officer. Later she was selected to serve in the Crime Analysis Unit where she was responsible for identifying crime patterns, collecting and collating crime data to develop tactics and strategies to prevent crime and allocate personnel.
In 1996, she was promoted to the rank of Investigator and served in the Special Victims Unit until her promotion to Sergeant in 2000. She served in Zone 2 as a Sector Sergeant and later supervised the Zone 2 Criminal Investigations Unit. As a sergeant she also supervised the Inspections Unit and served as the Administrative Sergeant to the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division.
Following her promotion to Lieutenant in 2014, she was briefly assigned as the Zone Five Midtown Unit Commander, before assuming the responsibility of Commander of the Zone Five Criminal Investigations Unit where she was responsible for the direct supervision over major case investigations. In 2015, she was assigned as the Background/Recruitment Unit commander responsible for aggressively recruiting and hiring officers for the department.
In December of 2016, she was appointed to the rank of Captain and served as the Assistant Commander of the Code Enforcement Unit until her appointment to Major. As Major, she served as the commander of the Atlanta Police Training Section. The Training Section is responsible for the facilitation of thirty-five weeks of basic recruit training, specialized and professional development training, the Tactical Field Operator(TFO) program, the Mobile Field Force (MFF), the Bicycle Response Team (BRT) and firearms training.
Major Payne earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State University. She is a graduate of the IACP Women’s Leadership Institute, the Atlanta Police Department’s Leadership Institute Tier 3 and Tier 4, and Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) 26th delegation. She is a certified P.O.S.T. instructor and an active member of Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), NOBLE (the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).
Major Payne is the proud mother of one son and has served the Atlanta Police Department for over 30 years.