The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has promoted Athens resident Katie Hartzog Walker to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the GBI’s Metro Gang Task Force. ASAC Walker will be responsible for the supervision of the staff assigned to this unit that conducts both proactive and reactive investigations involving criminal street gangs, including murder, aggravated assault, weapons and drug trafficking, fraud, and other crimes.
“ASAC Katie Walker has been a dedicated member of the GBI for years and has proven her ability to effectively collaborate with teams and assist with leading our Metro Gang Task Force,” said GBI Director Chris Hosey. “Her skills and expertise in investigating and dismantling criminal organizations will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of the GBI's efforts to keep our communities safe.”
“ASAC Walker’s investigative experience and success as a field agent will be an asset to the Metro Gang Task Force members and the agencies they assist,” said GBI Division Director Cynthia Adkins. “Her drive and motivation will have a positive impact on the agents that she mentors and supervises as they continue the GBI’s fight to combat gangs and gang related crimes.”
ASAC Walker began her career in law enforcement as a Sex Offender Analyst with the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC) in 2012. ASAC Walker was hired as a Special Agent and assigned to the GBI regional investigative office in Athens, GA, in 2014. ASAC Walker is a member of the GBI’s Special Enforcement Team, a Crisis/Hostage Negotiator, and a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified instructor. ASAC Walker is also a member of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association.
ASAC Walker graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development in 2011.