Uniform Patrol Division is the backbone of any Municipal Police Department or Sheriff’s Office. Our agency consist of 22 sworn officers.

  • UPD provides 24 hour coverage of the City Limits of Cumming in various capacities. Officers conduct traffic stops, respond to calls for service, and communicate with local business owners, among many other daily tasks.
  • UPD Officers and Sergeants drive marked patrol vehicles equipped, basic evidence collection kits and traffic control and direction equipment along with other supplies necessary for daily patrol duties.
  • UPD is normally the first contact that a citizen will have with the Police Department after a request or call for service.
  • Our Officers undergo regular, continuous training on various critical aspects of Law Enforcement and are required to maintain set levels of training each year to ensure that they are adept at understanding and enforcing the current National and State laws.
  • UPD is responsible for normal Police activities, as well as details such as Funeral Escorts and special events like the Fourth of July Parade and Cumming Fair and Festival.

Officers primarily respond to calls for service that are dispatched through the Forsyth County 911 Center. You can reach the Forsyth County 911 Center for all EMERGENCY CALLS by dialing 911. For all non emergency calls you can call 770-781-2000 and press 1.

Police Investigations

Need to speak to an Investigator?

For information on a current case or you need to speak to an investigator call the City of Cumming Police Department at 770.781.2000.

Police Command Staff

Chief PJ Girvan

Chief PJ Girvan

Chief of Police


Chief P.J. Girvan began his law enforcement career with the City of Atlanta Police Department in 2011.  While with the City of Atlanta Police Department, he started in the Uniform Patrol Division. Next, he went to the City of Atlanta’s “APEX” unit, which focuses on violent street crimes involving guns and drugs.  Chief Girvan finished his APD career in the executive protection unit, working for the City of Atlanta’s Mayor.   Being a native of Forsyth County, Georgia; Chief Girvan made his way back to his roots working for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.  He began his career with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in the Uniformed Patrol Division, before making his way to the elite multijurisdictional narcotics unit; “JCAF”.   After serving with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Girvan was invited to join the City of Cumming Police Department.  Chief Girvan served in the Uniform Patrol Division before being promoted to detective and working in the Criminal Investigations Division; where he gained a vast array of experience working aggravated assaults, domestic violence, child abuse, child molestations, and complex fraud cases. After working in the Criminal Investigations Division, Chief Girvan was promoted to Sergeant where he supervised a team of Officers while in their day to day police operations, focusing on response to 911 calls.   In June of 2023 Chief Girvan was asked to serve as the City of Cumming’s Police Chief, where he is currently and proudly serving. Chief Girvan has the passion and skillset to take the City of Cumming Police Department to an unprecedented new level; he will put his focus into the needs of the community. He can be reached at 770.781.2000 or pgirvan@cummingpd.net.

Lieutenant Anthony Hodgkins

Lieutenant Anthony Hodgkins

Uniform Patrol Division Commander


Lieutenant Anthony Hodgkins began his career in law enforcement earlier than most, at the age of eighteen.  After graduating from Northeast Georgia Law Enforcement Academy in 2005, he started as a uniform patrol officer with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, later joining their SWAT team as a breacher and shield operator.  Lt. Hodgkins served as the agency liaison for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety regional traffic network and served as a field training officer for incoming officers.  In 2012, Lt. Hodgkins joined the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, serving out of the North Precinct in uniform patrol, but moved to the School Resource Officer unit in 2013.  In 2017, Lt. Hodgkins began his post-secondary education journey.  He first graduated from Reinhardt University with an Associates of Business Administration.  He has recently graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelors in Political Science, and is currently completing his Masters in Public Administration.  Before joining the Cumming Police Department, Lt. Hodgkins served in the Office of Professional Standards as an instructor and supervisor.  Lt. Hodgkins has served as a sergeant in uniform patrol, provided input for budgets, personnel, fleet and much more since beginning his service with the Cumming Police Department.  Lt. Hodgkins has many instructor certifications and supervises other instructors within the agency, with a great understanding of how important proper training is for law enforcement officers.  In his recent promotion to Lieutenant, Lt. Hodgkins will be responsible for the uniform patrol division, traffic enforcement unit, tactical operations, training, fleet, equipment and recruiting.  Lt. Hodgkins believes that through proper leadership, the Cumming Police Department will continue to progress and provide the utmost professionalism and standards for our community.

Lieutenant Nicole Esquilin

Lieutenant Nicole Esquilin

Criminal Investigation Division Commander


Lt. Nicole Esquilin graduated in 1994 from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Criminal Justice.  From there, she began her law enforcement career in 1994 with the City of Atlanta Police Department.  Her first assignment with the department was a foot beat in East Atlanta.  From there, she worked the Uniform Patrol Division, answering 911 calls.  Eventually working her way up to detective; she served in the vice unit, the narcotics unit with focus on “the bluff”, the sex crimes unit, the homicide unit, and the internal affairs unit.   During her time in sex crimes unit, she worked approximately 100 rapes in a two-year time span.  While in the homicide unit, she was the lead detective on over 50 murders and assisted APD’s 17-man homicide team in over 500 murders in a seven-year time span. Focusing her career on crimes against persons, she has vast courtroom and trial experience, working alongside many talented and skilled attorneys in Atlanta.  As a result of her team’s investigations, an investigative show was developed to highlight their homicide work known as “Atlanta Justice,” and can be found on the ID channel.  Lt. Esquilin also participated in other homicide investigative shows such as Snapped, Fatal Attraction, ATL Homicide, Murder by Numbers, How I Caught My Killer, and Real Murders of Atlanta.   While in homicide and for the two years she served in the internal affairs unit, she was member of the “police shooting team;” that investigated officer involved shootings.  Finishing her time with the City of Atlanta, she worked for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office preparing for major trials to include high profile gang member/murder trials.   After being invited to join the City of Cumming Police Department as part of the Criminal Investigations Division in 2019, she was promoted to Sergeant in 2020 where she has led her team in a multitude of investigations ranging from aggravated assaults to child molestations and complex fraud cases.   In her recent promotion to Lieutenant, she will be responsible for administrative tasks, recruiting and background investigations, internal affairs investigations, as well as continuing to lead the criminal investigations division. Her primary goal is to give citizens and victims impeccable customer service.

Cumming PD Staff