Dear Athens citizens,
As chief of the Athens Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our official site. It’s an honor and privilege for our department to serve and protect the citizens of Athens. Protection of our community is of utmost importance. It is the goal of this department to partner with Athens’ citizens in this endeavor. Working together, we can make our community a safer place to live and raise our families. If we can be of assistance in any way, don’t hesitate to contact us at 256-233-8700.
COVID-19 is impeding Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson from performing one of his favorite aspects of the job – interacting with citizens.
“Because of social distancing and the decrease in public events, I haven’t been able to get out and talk to people around town like I normally do, and it bothers me,” Johnson said. “I miss that interaction. I miss hearing about their families, their concerns, their ideas.”
Johnson is hosting “Chatting with the Chief” sessions is setting aside time for citizens to call.
“They can ask me questions, tell me about an issue they are having or share information they think we need to know,” he said.
Johnson plans to answer the calls but will also have senior staff available to answer calls if needed.