ASU Command Staff
Chief John Fields, Jr.
John Fields, Jr. currently serves as the Chief of Police at Albany State University. Chief Fields accepted the Assistant Chief of Police position at the Albany State University Police Department in 2007 and accepted the Chief of Police position at the A.S.U.P.D. in 2011. Before joining the staff of Albany State, he was employed by the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years, most recently as the Jail Operation’s Commander. He also served in the Armed Forces as a member of the United States Army during Operation Desert Storm, receiving a certificate of Commendation for valiant service in addition to numerous other service and citizenship awards. Throughout his career, his public service exceeds a time period of 24 years.
Chief Fields has conducted and participated in numerous training and professional development workshops. He is also a member of varied professional organizations including the Sheriff’s Associations, the Georgia Association of Chief of Police, and the American Jail Association.
Chief Fields received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Albany State University, and his Master’s Degree from the Public Administration Department; where he was honored with the 2008 James E. Carter Public Service Award. He completed a second Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in fall 2009. In the area of academics, he is a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science National Honor Society, and PI Alpha Alpha National Honor Society in Public Administration.
Chief Fields volunteers with and has been honored by various law enforcement and civic organizations; being named one of Albany’s “Forty under Forty” in 2007 by the Albany Herald. He is known for his love of cooking and has also been recognized as the Herald’s “Cook of the Week”.
Assistant Chief Gregory L. Elder
Gregory L. Elder Sr. is the proud husband of LaKeshia N. Elder and dedicated father of Gregory Elder Jr. and Jordan Elder who all worship Christ at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Albany, GA. Gregory Elder Sr. was lead buy his sprit in late 2012 to apply for a job at his school almamater ASU, where he received his bachelor degree and foundation for manhood threw the strong traditions and mentorship based programing. He is a former law enforcement technical college professor and 13 1/2 year police veteran of the Albany Police Department in Albany, GA. He has held positions as Field Training Officer, Drug Interdiction Agent, Uniform Sergeant, S.W.A.T. Team Leader, Criminal Investigator, Firearms Range Master/Instructor, Tactical Unit Commander, and Gang Unit Commander. In 2011 he was recognized as the Albany Police Department’s “Top Gun” after competing in a competition of the best of the best shot off. In over 13 years he has studied and trained in over 3000 hours of general, specific, and tactical law enforcement courses. He has trained over 300 sworn police officers in the area of response to an active shooter. As a pre-academy instructor he maintained a 99% pass rate for police recruits in the highest profile areas (Firearms qualification, EVOC, and Criminal Law). In 2012 he completed the master’s level educational requirement for the criminal justice program at Troy University, where he received a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. While serving the citizens of Albany, Georgia he has always kept his eyes on personal accountability and change in times. Because of the accomplishments listed, and most importantly the mistakes he has learned from along the way, he is now the Assistant Chief of Police for the Albany State University.
Major CaDedria Hill
Major Hill has a total of fourteen (14) years of law enforcement experience, two of which included employment as a clerk in the Albany Municipal Court system. Over time, she excelled in many capacities by obtaining certifications and experience ranging from Communications Officer, Jailer, Terminal Agency Coordinator, Terminal Operator, Probations, Interned as a School Resource Officer, Coordinated Explorer Program, which enabled adolescents to participate in and gain knowledge of law enforcement operations and careers, and dispatched for local Alarm Companies.
Her most recent accomplishments have been obtaining certifications as a POST Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team Officer, Sexual Assault Response Team Investigator, Campus Violence Prevention Team Training, Chief Executive Training, and all levels of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training, Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) and Clery Act Reporting Training.
She is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at Albany State University in Albany, GA. to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree by the end of Fall Semester 2013.
She is a current member of Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and completed Georgia Chiefs’ School in Duluth, GA. in August 19, 2009.
Major Hill has a very diverse history in law enforcement that ranges in areas such as Detention, Communications, Record Maintenance, Audit Preparation, Criminal Apprehension, Supervision, and Reformation.