Mike Register, Chief, Cobb County Police Department
Chief Michael J. Register has approximately 30 years of law enforcement related experience. Chief Register believes the modern police department must take a “whole of government” approach by partnering with other government entities and the community to improve the quality of life for its citizens, make the community safer and attract new business to the area.
Prior to joining the Cobb County Police Department, Chief Register was the Chief of Police for Clayton County Police Department, Georgia where he managed over 500 personnel and a $35 million dollar budget. During his tenure as Police Chief of Clayton County he introduced many innovative community oriented policing concepts and initiatives to the department which helped to strengthen community partnerships. Before his tenure of Chief with Clayton County, Chief Register managed an operational, intelligence and law enforcement centric program at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The program was responsible for locating and identifying individuals, as well as criminal and terrorist organizations globally that facilitated, funded or used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to threaten the security and stability of the United States and its partners. He has assisted in advising U.S. government, partner nation military units, and law enforcement organizations, such as the Canadian military and the New York Police Department in counter-IED and terrorism related subjects.
Chief Register also retired from the Cobb County Police Department as a Lieutenant in 2005 where he had been instrumental in development of the departments Georgia P.O.S.T mandated Police Academy, and also worked in the department’s Special Operations Unit to include stints on SWAT, the Crime Suppression Unit and the Tactical Team. Chief Register also served 22 years in the U.S. Army Special Operations community, where he was a member of the 11th and 20th Special Forces Group and deployed to numerous countries, to include combat operations in Afghanistan, where he served on a Special Forces mobile recon element.
Chief Register holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and is also a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, where he is currently an adjunct instructor. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Chief Register is currently seeking a Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Terrorism and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has attended Northwestern University’s prestigious Command and Staff program for Law Enforcement executives, and also serves as a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Executive Board, the GACP Legislative Committee as Co-Chair, and also is a Safe America Board member. He is a certified Georgia P.O.S.T Instructor with specialized instructor certificates in Defensive Tactics, Emergency Medical, Firearms and Driver Training. Chief Register is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Chiefs Association.