Detective A.E. Hardaway
Det. Hardaway is a second-generation police officer. He has been in the DeKalb County PD since 2004. Before becoming a homicide detective, Hardaway worked with the District 2 N.E.T. Team. Prior to joining the PD, he was a parole officer for the state of Georgia.
Detective Scott Harris
Det. Scott Harris is originally from OH and is a graduate of Ohio State University. He spent nine years working in the juvenile court system in OH and GA before joining the DeKalb County PD in 2001. He worked in the Uniform Division for seven years before becoming a member of the Major Felony Unit. Harris says organization, good listening skills and the ability to multi-task help to make a good detective. Outside of work, Det. Harris maintains fresh and salt-water aquariums as a hobby.
Detective Michael Hellerman
Det. Michael Hellerman is originally from PA. Prior to joining the DKPD in 2005, he worked as a welder/steel fabricator for seven years. Det. Hellerman worked in the Special Victims Unit before coming to the Major Felony Unit.
Detective Charles Houlroyd
Det. Charles Houlroyd is originally from southern NJ. In fact, his first law enforcement job was for the Wildwood Police Dept. on the Jersey shore and his grandfather is retired a member of the NJ State Troopers. "I moved to DeKalb because my wife pursued her Masters Degree at Emory." Houlroyd was hired by the PD and became a DeKalb County police officer in 2003. Before working Homicide, he worked in the Uniform Division. The best part of Homicide for Det. Houlroyd is "the satisfaction from arresting the most violent criminals."
Detective David Jackson
Det. David Jackson was born and raised in DeKalb County, GA. Prior to becoming a law enforcement agent in 2005, Jackson worked for UPS and Kroger. In addition to working Homicide, he has spent time in Narcotics, FTD and Patrol. It was during his tenure in Narcotics that he remembers his most memorable case, "It was my first 2 kilogram cocaine drug bust. I'll never forget it." As for his most memorable homicide case, it was the double officer shooting from January of 2008.
What people should understand about the job of a homicide detective is that "we work even while everyone else in the dept. is in bed asleep." Det. Jackson thinks that the greatest misconception of his field of work is that homicide detectives enjoy being around death. This is not the case and in fact being around death can actually be very draining, "but it's a job that must be done." It is rewarding when he can send a guilty person to prison, "It means that no one else will die at his or her hands in my community." Time away from his family can make the job difficult at times.
Det. Jackson likes to workout at the gym, run track and coach t-ball, when he's not working a case. He has a son and a brother.
Detective B. P. Kershaw
Det. Kershaw joined the DeKalb County PD in 2002. Before becoming a homicide detective he worked the Uniform Division and the N.E.T. Team. He was drawn to Homicide by the desire "to arrest criminals who are most dangerous to citizens." Kershaw believes that determination and attention to detail are key qualities in a detective.
Det. Kershaw served in the US Navy as a diver and in the Boiler Company prior to becoming a police officer. Outside of work, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Detective Robert Van Leuven
Det. Robert Van Leuven is a native of Michigan. He is a veteran detective and has been an officer for the DeKalb County PD since 1997. In college Van Leuven worked in banking. When Van Leuven moved to the Atlanta metro area, DeKalb was the best agency in Southeast Georgia. He wanted the best training, so he joined the department. Before the Major Felony Unit, he spent seven years in Patrol and three in Narcotics. While in Narcotics, a Homicide Supervisor thought Van Leuven would be a good member of the unit, so he transferred to the Major Felony Unit and started investigating murders. "There is so much to think about during an investigation" that Van Leuven finds it easy to detach himself from the dark side of his job. Determination and commitment are two key ingredients to being a good detective. The hardest part of his job is the long hours away from his family. Det. Van Leuven is married with one daughter. When not investigating a case he likes to spend time with his family and watch sports. Van Leuven can't picture himself doing anything other than police work, but being "retired and traveling would be nice."