Our mission is to provide professional, honorable, and courageous employees who are empowered as a team to provide exceptional public safety services, protection to all Park visitors and employees, and preserve and protect the Park’s natural resources and wildlife.
The vision of the Stone Mountain Park Department of Public Safety is to uphold the tradition of excellence in law enforcement and fire services through a dedicated, highly trained and compassionate workforce that employs progressive technology and promotes professionalism.
A. Intergrity - to remain steadfast, honorable, and uncomprised in the perfomance of duty.
B. Courage - to make right decision in the place of physical danger and moral dilemma.
C. Compassion - to those in need, regardless of circumstances or condition, without bias or prejudice.
D. Leadership - by setting the example of professional conduct and progressive public safety solutions.
E. Professionalism - to conduct ourselves by speech, actions, and appearance that characterize a professional.
F. Accountability - to the State of Georgia, SMMA, and the citizens we serve for our performance,
our reputation, and our ethics.
Stone Mountain Park is protected by the Stone Mountain Park Department
of Public Safety (DPS), which provides Police (law enforcement), Fire,
Emergency Medical, and Rescue services to between 4 and 5 million
visitors and employees annually.
DPS is a state authority law enforcement agency of medium size. All police officers are Georgia POST certified, with law enforcement authority and powers of arrest the same as any county or city police officer. The police powers of DPS are granted by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, section 12-3-194.1.
DPS responds to between 5 and 6 thousand calls for public safety services annually. The Department possesses state-of-the-art equipment, ranging from new police and fire rescue vehicles, to thermal imaging cameras, night vision, and threat detection electronics. Emergency Call Boxes are located throughout the park and on the Walk-up Trail for visitors to request assistance. All police and fire rescue vehicles are equipped with AED (heart defibrillators) and employees are trained in CPR. Fire Rescue personnel are state certified Emergency Medical Technicians-Intermediate and firefighters. Additionally, the Park has extensive video surveillance throughout.
DPS also operates and maintains a Helicopter Aviation Unit, High-Angle Mountain Rescue Team, Dive RescueTeam, Hazardous Materials Response, and Lake Patrol.
Two DPS employees have graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, three employees have graduated from the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in Columbus, Georgia, and one DPS employee has received the Governor's Award for Public Safety for "Outstanding Contribution Which Enhanced the Profession".