80 Monument Square
Sparta, GA 31087
Chief Tommie L. Walker, Jr. is a native of Wrens Georgia located in Jefferson County. He graduated from Jefferson County High School in 2001 and earned his Criminal Justice degree from Augusta Technical College in 2010.His career in law enforcement began in 2003 when he joined the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. With unwavering dedication, he steadily climbed the ranks, achieving the position of Sergeant in the Civil Division in 2010 under the leadership of Retired Sheriff Gregory Coursey.
In 2017, Chief Walker’s commitment and leadership led to his promotion to the role of Lieutenant, where he oversaw the Community Relations Division. Working under the guidance of Sheriff Alfonzo Williams, he played a pivotal role in fostering stronger community-law enforcement relations in Burke County. Chief Walker served at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years, until his departure in 2018 when he assumed the role of Chief of Police in the City of Wadley.
During his tenure in Wadley, Chief Walker accomplished numerous goals, including the restructuring of the police department, a remarkable 54% reduction in violent crimes within the first year, and securing grants that benefitted both the city and its taxpayers. His tireless efforts contributed to fostering community cohesion.
In October 2022, Chief Walker took on a new role as he joined the Sparta Police Department, initially serving as the Administrative Officer under the appointment of Mayor Allen Haywood and later assuming the position of Chief of Police. Beyond his law enforcement career, Chief Walker also serves as the Pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Warrenton, Georgia, and he is happily married to Brandis Walker.
The Sparta Police Department is responsible for protecting the lives, homes, properties and businesses within the city limits of Sparta. The Sparta Police Department is dedicated to serving all citizens by responding to calls for police service, enforcing state and local laws, including city ordinances, conducting preventative patrol activities, performing criminal investigations, promoting traffic safety, and apprehending criminal and traffic offenders. The Sparta Police Department’s core values are the preservation of human life, integrity, professionalism, and service.
The Sparta Police Department’s officers and staff are dedicated to serving the city and its citizens through the Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Support Services Divisions.
The Patrol Division is the backbone of the Sparta Police Department, as they are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Patrol Division has the responsibility of being the first responders to all calls for police service within the city limits of Sparta. The Patrol Division is comprised of sworn peace officers, certified through the Georgia Peace Officer Training Council (P.O.S.T.). The patrol is commanded by Nasser Thompkins.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS & TRAINING DIVISION
The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for the follow-up investigation of all crimes which occurs within the city limits and coordinates with other local, and state law enforcement agencies when criminal acts cross jurisdictional boundaries. The Criminal Investigations Division also serves in a variety of additional functions including Crime Prevention & Analysis, Property & Evidence Custodian, Evidence Detection, and Property Coordinator, as well as all aspects department training.
SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION
The Support Services Division is at the center of all operations, and is comprised of both the Communications Center and Police Records. The communications section is the City of Sparta’s Emergency Services Dispatchers. P.O.S.T. certified Communication Operators are responsible for receiving complaints and emergency calls from citizens, retrieving information for patrol officers, and dispatching patrol officers to calls for service. The records section maintains a centralized records pool, sends the required reports to other agencies, and acts as a central repository for all records of official activity of the Department. The Support Services Division is supervised by the TAC Coordinator.