Keith Morris retired from the Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Police Department in November, 2013. Mr. Morris joined the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in 1980 after serving with the University of Georgia Police Department.
During his tenure with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Mr. Morris has been involved in all areas of police work. In 1984, he was assigned as the department’s training officer, responsible for training and development of sworn and non-sworn personnel. He was instrumental in developing a field training officer program for new officers. In 1987, he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as the Commander of the agency’s Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Unit. During his tenure as the Traffic Commander, he earned full accreditation as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist and certification as a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor. In 1998, he was promoted to Captain and served as a Precinct Commander in the Uniform Division. In 2000, he was promoted to Major and served as the Division Commander of the Uniform, Strategic and Professional Development and Criminal Investigations Divisions.
Mr. Morris has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is graduate of the 104th Administrative Officer’s Course of the Southern Police Institute held at the University of Louisville, and has completed the State of Georgia’s Law Enforcement Command College. Since 2009, he has been an adjunct faculty member in Criminal Justice for the Florida Institute of Technology, teaching courses in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Terrorism and Juvenile Justice. He is certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council as a General Instructor with specialized certifications in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Speed Detection Device Operations. He also holds certification in Supervision and Management from the Georgia P.O.S.T. Council.