Lieutenant Jeremy Best
Lieutenant Jeremy Best is currently the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) Commander at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO). He graduated from Georgia College and State University with a BA in Criminal Justice in May of 2008 before starting his career with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on June 8th, 2009 where he began his service as a Detention Deputy. While initially offered the opportunity to start as a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Deputy, he elected to begin his introduction into criminal justice within the jail so that he could acquire knowledge and training on enforcing rules and regulations, as well as developing proper communication skills. Having served a year and a half with the Jail Division, Jeremy Best was selected to attend basic mandate in Forsyth, Ga where he obtained his Basic Law Enforcement Certificate on April 11th, 2011. Much of his time with the Uniform Patrol Division was assigned to evening watch. He obtained his Field Training Officer Certificate during his last year with UPD and was able to successfully train five Deputies. While with UPD Jeremy Best took the initiative to solve and make his own cases in addition to using proactive patrol techniques to hamper crime trends in the zones he patrolled. During one incident, he apprehended a suspect committing a burglary in progress. No other units were able to respond due to a serious vehicle accident on the interstate. With no other recourse, Jeremy Best made the decision to clear the residence, caught the suspect in the commission of the crime, and apprehended him. The suspect would later be successfully convicted of Burglary 1st Degree.
On September 1st, 2014 Jeremy Best was promoted to the rank of Investigator and transferred over to the Criminal Investigation Division. Within his first week with CID, the bureau was struck with a scandal that lead to the dismissal of three-quarters of its investigators. Due to the limited personnel within the division, Jeremy Best was quickly inundated with cases of various types. Through trial and error, as well as persistent work, he was able to manage his cases and solve several within his first month. Jeremy Best was soon selected as the southside burglary investigator and named as one of the major felony investigators. Within the first 8-months of being assigned to CID, he was made lead investigator of two home invasion cases, one of which was an attempted murder. He was able to identify the suspects and obtain convictions in both. These cases were some of the first in Rockdale County to use the newly created criminal charge O.C.G.A. 16-7-5 Home Invasion 1st Degree, implemented thru House Bill 770 in 2014.
Jeremy Best spent 5 years in CID before being promoted to the rank of Corporal on December 31st, 2016, and filled the vacant Corporal position inside of CID. He operated as the “southside” burglary and major felony investigator. On September 8th, 2020 Jeremy Best was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in CID where he held that position until March 2020. On March 23rd, 2020, while retaining his rank, Jeremy Best transferred over to the Office of Professional Standards to fill the position of Crime Analyst and Internal Affairs Supervisor.
He then was promoted to Lieutenant in July 2021 and transferred to Uniform Patrol as a Shift Commander. After 3 months he transferred back to the Office of Professional Standards as the OPS Commander.