Erika Shields is the 24th and current Chief of the City of Atlanta Police Department. Chief Shields began her career in the Atlanta Police Department in 1995 working as a beat officer and plain clothes assignment. She was promoted to Sergeant in the Office of Professional Standards and later with the Advocacy Unit, where she conducted and reviewed Internal Affairs investigations. She was then promoted to Lieutenant where she served as the Commander of the Department's Planning and Research/Accreditation unit. In 2010, she was again promoted to Major and served as the Chief of Staff for the then Police Chief and in 2011 was named Deputy Chief and was selected to command the Strategy and Special Projects Division. Chief Shields emphasizes the use of technology to more easily track and assess crime statistics.