INSIDE DPD

Chief R.D. Belcher

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Chief R.D. Belcher began his law enforcement career with the Mansfield Police Department in Richland County, Ohio, in 1974. He joined the Duluth Police Department in 1976 as a Patrol Officer and, in 1978, became the City’s first full-time Detective. Over the next six years, he continued to climb the career ladder to the rank of Lieutenant Detective. In October 1983, he was appointed Acting Chief of Police. In January 1984, he became the youngest Police Chief in Georgia. Among the countless hours of specialized training he has received, Chief Belcher is an F.B.I. National Academy graduate. Through his leadership, he has sculpted a small country police agency of 16 employees into a technically advanced police agency of 78. Chief Belcher’s goal is to provide a safe and crime-free community where the residents feel safe and where our children will want to raise their children.


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3276 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30096
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