Lieutenant Nicole Esquilin

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.