Sgt. Tiffanie Cromer
Canton Police Department Office of Professional Standards Division
What is your main responsibility?
I am fortunate to wear a few different hats within my agency as the sergeant over the Office of Professional Standards Division. You might see the name of the division and think, “Ah, she’s over internal affairs,” and you would be correct. Although that is a part of my job, I also am responsible for the agency’s social media, community outreach program and media relations. I also oversee training and hiring, where I get to work alongside two hardworking and intelligent individuals. We work as a team to achieve our division’s goals.
What is your background?
I have had the pleasure of working at the Canton Police Department for seven years. Prior to working for Canton, I worked for two sheriff’s departments in southwest Georgia. I started at Canton within the Uniform Patrol Division. Once I made sergeant, I was given the opportunity to take a lateral position into my current division. While working in this division, I completed my bachelor’s degree and obtained additional training in background investigation, internal-affairs investigations, use-of-force investigations and public information.
Where did you grow up?
Grow up — nope — there’s no way I am doing that. OK, I am only joking. I did most of my growing up in Acworth. When I was still in high school, we moved to the small town of Sparta, Georgia. I stayed there until I graduated, and then moved to Milledgeville, where I started my career in law enforcement. After several years there, I decided it was time to come home.
Describe your recent Rotary Club recognition.
Receiving the Rotary Club’s Public Safety Employee of the Year award truly was an honor. There are so many deserving candidates within our agency. Knowing that I was chosen to receive this award was not only an honor to myself, but also for those I work with in this division. I cannot succeed or be worthy of an award without the help of those I work alongside. I am grateful for the recognition and thankful for being chosen.
Why did you decide to go into law enforcement?
I was only 19 when I decided I wanted to become a police officer. To be honest, I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was young and knew I needed a job, but did not know what this profession had in store for me. I literally woke up one morning and decided to apply at a local sheriff’s department. It was a shock to my family. There is no singular reason I became a police officer, just pure happenchance, and I wouldn’t change it for anything in this world.
What do you like most about your job?
The people. I work alongside individuals who are kind, humorous, quick-witted and, sometimes, infuriating, but they’re my people. We take care of one another and hold each other accountable. You build relationships within this profession that last a lifetime.
Our community is like no other. Every day, we receive some form of thank you, which makes the tough days worth it. We get to know one another, help each other and work together to make our community the Coolest Small Town in America.
What goals do you have?
By nature, I enjoy challenges and overcoming obstacles. As a young female starting in a male-dominated profession, it was difficult to find my place. It always has been a goal of mine to create more opportunities for other females wanting to start their career in law enforcement. Overseeing hiring has given me that opportunity, while providing an example for other women to follow. As I grow within this agency, I hope to continue guiding other females into this rewarding career.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I spend most of my free time with my husband and our three fur babies. We enjoy doing outdoor activities, whether that is boating, riding all-terrain vehicles or glamping (glamorous camping). I also enjoy spending time with my amazing family and friends, or my wonderful sisters in the Service League of Cherokee County. Reading a good book, bringing a pre-loved piece of furniture back to life or planting a garden is how I prefer to spend my alone time.