The mission of the Newnan Police Department is to serve the citizens and visitors of The City of Newnan by providing professional law enforcement, detailed investigations, and public safety which protects and preserves the Constitutional Rights of the people and mandates the fair and impartial enforcement of the law.
Chief of Police
Chief Blankenship has served within the Newnan Police Department since 1999. He has served in the Patrol Division, the Bicycle Patrol Unit, and the Traffic Unit. He was promoted to Detective Sgt. in 2004 with the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2018 he was promoted to Lieutenant over Professional Standards and Certification where he handled Internal Affairs Investigations, Background Investigations and oversaw the process of State Certification. On July 1, 2021, he was promoted to the Chief of Police.
Chief Blankenship is a graduate of LaGrange College, where he earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree. He is a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor for general courses and has completed his supervision and management training through POST. He is active in the community and completed the state-required classes and training to earn his community coach certification. He has assisted the Smokey Road Middle School Football program as an Assistant Coach since 2016.
Chief Blankenship strongly believes in teamwork and connecting with the community. He often says, “Strive for perfection and you will achieve excellence.”
Deputy Chief of Police
The Patrol and Training Division is led by Deputy Chief Jay LaChance.
The Division consists of the following units:
- Uniform Patrol
- Animal Warden
Deputy Chief LaChance develops and implements a quality training program for officers. This training program focuses on preparing officers for promotion within the police department.
The Uniform Patrol Unit includes four lieutenants, four patrol sergeants, and forty-four patrol officers. They patrol the city, enforcing Federal, State, and Local Traffic and Criminal Laws and Ordinances. The Uniform Patrol Unit speak at schools and civic clubs regarding law enforcement issues and safety procedures. They also conduct business security checks.