GSP trooper fired following arrest

Former GSP Trooper Timothy Williams. Photo courtesy of Georgia State Patrol.

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday that, due to his arrest,  Timothy Williams’ employment with the department has been terminated effective immediately. Williams was hired on May 21, 2017. In a press release, Georgia State Patrol pointed to Policy #3.01 in the  Code of Conduct, “Members will not engage in any conduct that is unbecoming an employee of the Department, nor which impairs the operation of the Department. No member will engage in any behavior which results in incarceration or probation.”

Any further information was referred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that noted that the Calhoun office of the GBI arrested Williams on charges of false statements and writings. Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.

GBI noted in a press release that an investigation into conduct by Williams was initiated by the GBI on Sept. 16, 2,019 following a request by the Dalton Police Department after responding to a Dalton residence to investigate an open line 911 call.  GBI report that the initial response from law enforcement revealed the possibility of some type of physical altercation allegedly occurred between Williams and other occupants of the residence. It was determined during the investigation that Williams was employed as a trooper with the GSP. Williams was subsequently arrested and booked into the Whitfield County Jail.  The GBI investigation remains ongoing.

Williams is the second GSP Trooper to be fired and face charges in less than a month. Brian Sanchez of Gwinnett County was terminated last month and faces charges of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, and sexual battery. A former Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy, Antione Riggins, 40, of Loganville, was arraigned at the beginning of the month on federal charges that he used his former position to steal cocaine and methamphetamine. The GCSO terminated his employment last year when the investigation began


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