November 21, 2014
The Johns Creek Police Department has named Officer Bryan Shea, a Johns Creek native, as Officer of the Quarter for his ability to balance professionalism with humanity.
Police Chief Ed Densmore said Shea has the ability to establish rapport with people and still maintain his professionalism. Densmore cited an email from a citizen who complimented Shea for his conduct even as he gave the citizen a ticket.
"Bryan takes the time to explain to people what's happening," Densmore said. "He's more about the service. He is showing exceptional judgment in dealing with people while still performing his job, which doesn't always make people happy. It takes a lot to write somebody a ticket and still get an 'attaboy' out of it."
Shea graduated from Chattahoochee High School, and attended Truett-McConnell College. Upon graduation, he joined the Atlanta Police Department in 2003 where he performed a variety of duties, including serving in uniform patrol, the Community Oriented Police division, and on a burglary task force. He joined the Johns Creek Police Department in 2010.
Shea, a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter, also is helping train his fellow officers in defensive tactics.
Shea said receiving the Officer of the Quarter honor is rewarding, especially since it was based on public feedback.
"I like being a police officer because I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people," Shea said. "I have an attachment to this community. I grew up here. I want to see Johns Creek be safe like it was for me."