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Safety & Security

Office of Safety & Security

Providing a safe and secure educational environment.

CCSD Police Department logo


201 Mountain Brook Ct., Canton, GA 30115
P.O. Box 769, Canton, GA 30169

CCSD Student/Parent Hotline: 770.720.4061

State Department of Education School Safety Hotline: 1.877.729.7867

“We provide safe and secure educational environments in a fair, professional and respectful manner by maintaining a highly-trained staff and operating in collaboration with school and community partners.”

The Office of Safety & Security includes the state-certified CCSD School Police Department and Emergency Management Operations.  The School Police Department assigns certified police officers to each School Innovation Zone, provides proactive planning and training for school-based staff, provides parent/community safety education programs, facilitates background checks on employees and volunteers, and conducts criminal and administrative investigations.

Chief Mark Kissel

Mark E. Kissel
Chief of Police

Lt Jay Baker

Lt. Jay Baker

Danielle Ross

Danielle Ross
Emergency Operations Facilitator

Sgt James Morris

Sgt. James Morris
North Zone Supervisor

Sgt Richie Rich

Sgt. Richie Rich
South Zone Supervisor

The Cherokee County School District Police Department was formed in 1999 and consists of 20 police officers certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, an Emergency Management Facilitator and office staff. The department is charged with the responsibility of supporting and facilitating the educational process in order to meet the School District’s Major System Priority of providing a safe and secure environment for teaching and learning.

Since 2006, the Cherokee County School District Police Department has been recognized as a “Certified Agency” under the Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program having demonstrated our commitment to law enforcement excellence by meeting or exceeding all applicable standards. This distinction is currently held by only five school district police departments in the state.


The vision of the Cherokee County School District Police Department is to be regarded by the community and our law enforcement peers as an innovative leader in K12 policing and professional excellence.


• Integrity: We are committed to achieving the public trust of our students, parents, school district employees and community stakeholders by holding ourselves accountable to the highest professional and ethical standards.

• Courtesy: We will conduct ourselves in a manner that promotes mutual respect with the community and our peers.

• Pride: We are committed to bringing honor to ourselves, the department, and the Cherokee County School District.

• Professional Growth: We are committed to developing future leaders through education, training, and mentoring each other.

Student/Parent Hotline: 770.720.4061 Call:770.720.4061

The Cherokee County School District has established a Student/Parent Hotline for students, parents and other parties to report issues, problems or concerns that have occurred or may be occurring on school system property.  The general purpose of the hotline is to permit accurate and timely information about unsafe situations in schools, such as weapons, bullying, drugs, bomb threats, etc., thereby permitting officers of the CCSD School Police Department to respond effectively with pro-active strategies.

The hotline is maintained by the School Police Department and information received will be documented, reviewed and investigated to the fullest extent possible. Confidentiality of all information is maintained within the department.

Areas of Service

School Police Officers

Emergency Management

Parent Programs: Parental Awareness for Safe Schools (PASS) Program and Parental Emergency Response Team (PERT)


CCSD Safety and Security Status Report

2016-2017 Annual Report

Response to Homeland Security Codes


External Links & Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  

Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice