Chris Tatum – Major

Chris Tatum

Major Chris Tatum is a 30 year veteran of Law Enforcement, after graduating from Ware County Senior High in 1982, Tatum began his career in law enforcement with the Ware County Sheriff’s Department in October 1983 as a radio operator for Sheriff Herbert Bond. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in March 1985 and assumed patrol duties for the Ware County Sheriff’s Department.

He graduated P.O.S.T. Basic Mandate Training in February 1986 at the Coastal Georgia Police Academy in Brunswick Georgia, and in March 1986 he began working with the Waycross Police Department as a Uniformed Patrol Officer.

  • On December 19, 1997 He was promoted to Uniform Patrol Sergeant and supervised a shift on Uniform Patrol Officers.
  • On October 31, 2001Tatum was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Unit Commander of the Criminal Investigations Unit.
  • March 21, 2003, Lt. Tatum graduated from the 212th session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
  • In June 2003, he was reassigned to Uniform Patrol and charged with the duties of Uniform Patrol Unit Commander.
  • Tatum was promoted to the rank of Captain on December 27, 2006 and assigned as the Field Operations Commander for the Waycross Police Department.
  • On July 11, 2012 Tatum was promoted to his current rank of Major. His duties still serve as Field Operations Commander and as assistant Chief for the department.
  • Since his appointment to the Department’s S.W.A.T. Team in 1987, he has held every position on the team ranging from Entry Officer, to Chemical Weapons Specialist and the Team’s Police Counter Sniper. He was promoted to the SWAT Team Leader position and later to SWAT Team Commander. The SWAT Team serves as Area 8’s All Hazards Council Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear, and Explosive (C.B.R.N.E.) Team

During his Law Enforcement career Capt. Tatum has been a recipient of several distinguished awards from both the department and community. He has received

  • 2-“Medal of Valor” Awards from the Waycross P. D.
  • 1-‘Medal of Valor’ Award from the Ware County Fire Department
  • Waycross Police Department’s “Police Commendation” Award
  • Waycross Police Department’s “Community Service” Award
  • Waycross Police Department’s “Life Saving” Award
  • He is the recipient of the Waycross -Ware County Exchange Club’s “Officer of the Year” Award for 1987