Tyrone Dennis, 42 years of age. Was born and raised in St.Louis, Missouri. Graduated from Marquette High School in '97 after being kicked out of school for 43 days at the end of his senior year. Lost a few Division 1 scholarship offers because he helped a friend in a fight. Got a basketball scholarship to a community college (Lake Land College) in Mattoon, Illinois. He graduated with his Associates degree in Criminal Justice in '99, then transferred to the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama where he played basketball for two years and to get more money to pay for school he ran Cross Country in his 5th year. He graduated in '02 with his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice & Sociology. He then went on to play pro basketball in Colombia, South America off and on for two and a half years. He also played on the And 1 Tour, and in a minor pro league the WBA (World Basketball Association). He moved to Atlanta in '04 to become an Atlanta Police. He swore-in'05. He was assigned to Zone 5/Old 4th Ward/ Boulevard area, for 6 1/2 years. He then got promoted to detective and had been a detective for 8 years until he retired in August of 2020. Upon retirement he was assigned to the APD Criminal Intelligence/ Gang Unit/ATF Task Force. In 2015 Ty and his partner were voted the Investigators/Detectives of the Year for the entire department. He won the Community Service Award for his gang outreach in 2016. Ty was awarded the Atlanta Police Commendation Award along with the team that helps put Clippers & Cops together. Ty was also given the U.S. Attorney Award from the US Attorney’s Office Southern District for his Community Service. Ty received a Proclamation from Atlanta City Council for Clippers and Cops in 2019. Ty received the ASIS Law Enforcement Community Service Award in 2020. Ty has also been recognized as the University of North Alabama Alumni of the Year in 2020. Ty has been mentoring and public speaking for 16 years (Project Grad, Real Talk with the Law, Ballin’ for Peace, Clippers and Cops). Ty is certified as a gang expert and has testified in countless gang cases court proceedings on the state and federal level. Ty has taken 100’s of hours of training focusing on gangs, gang violence, and gang investigations.
TYRONE FINNEY JR.
Senior Police Officer
I’ve been with the Atlanta Police Department for 13 years I started my journey when I was 20 years old. I was born in Baltimore, MD was raised all over due to both parents being in the military. I come from a public service family, police officers, military, nurses, and teachers. Since joining APD, I have worked in Zone 1 the Westside of Atlanta, School Detectives, and currently assigned to Zone 1 investigation unit. Spare time enjoy spending time with the family and friends, and working out . I also like going to the Hawks and Falcons games. My roll in Clippers and Cops is the social media, photos and videography. The man behind the scenes.
MICHAEL R. CARTER
My name is Michael R. Carter and I am originally from the City of Atlanta in the Adamsville area. I was born at the now gone “Southwest Community Hospital, which was once on Fairburn Rd and Mays Dr. I am a product of the APS school system where I attended Adamsville Elementary and Harper High School. I grew up in the Collier Heights/Collier Park neighborhood where I played all types of sports and participated in all sorts of activities at Collier Park. I am my mother’s only child. Once I graduated from highschool I attended college on a baseball scholarship at Gordon Junior College in Barnesville, Ga and once graduating from there I finished up my collegiate sports career at the University of New Orleans. I majored in Political Science during my college years and finally graduated with a BS in Political Science from Ga. State University. I always wanted to go into law enforcement as evident by one of my high school posts in our yearbook where I stated I wanted to go into law enforcement and the FBI. I was hired on with the Atlanta Police Department not long after leaving New Orleans in 1992 and finished the police academy in June 1993. I have worked in numerous assignments to include patrol in Zone 6 and 4, the infamous Red Dog Unit, Executive Protection for the Mayor, Homicide Detective, Senior Academy Instructor with numerous specialty certifications, and now Lientenant assigned to Zone 3 Morning Watch. I have been married now for 24 years with three beautiful and loving kids.
Investigator Andre Lowe is a native Atlanta native born in Southwest Atlanta. He is the oldest of two. At an early age he moved to North of the city where he perused his baseball career. Growing up Andre was into sports and especially baseball. He stated that he always wanted to play professional baseball like his dad. At the age of 14 Andre and his family then moved to DeKalb County. While in DeKalb County Andre attended Stephenson High School where he took his baseball talents and played there as a Stephenson Jaguar.
After High School, Andre started working at Coca-Cola where he was a security guard at the age of 22. It was then Andre decided that he wanted to be a Police Officer. His manager at the time Major Darlene Neely, helped and guided him to become an Atlanta Police Officer. At 22, Andre began his career with the Atlanta Police Department. He worked patrol in Northwest Atlanta from 2008, all the way until he was promoted to Detective in 2014. Once making Detective Andre made some stops in Z6 CID, Narcotics, and Homeland Security before he found his niche in Homicide. In 2016, Andre was assigned to the Homicide Unit for the Atlanta Police.
Andre was very intrigued with making a change in the community that he joined Det. Dennis and other friends to Collaborate to form Clippers&Cops. It’s his passion to stop the social injustices amongst the police and the citizens. “Det. Dennis came up with a great idea to mend the community and I am honored that I was asked to become apart of it.”
Andre has mentioned that if he can get through one person a day, than he feel like his job has been completed.
Midday Personality on ATL's number #1 Hip Hop Station Hot 107.9FM. Reece is featured on TvOnes's reality show titled Rickey Smiley For Real. He's also been on "Star" on FOX, travels monthly with Redbull to host their sporting and X-Game events.
Reece does improv shows with Comedian Rodney Perry, has a financial literacy podcast dubbed "Money Monday Podcast with Reece" & has an online cooking show with his three beautiful daughters!
Reece has an ever growing and active social media following. He is also a spokesman for a very prominent non-profit organization (www.payusa.org) that holds large monthly events.
MICHAEL “White Mike” SEIDEN
Michael “White Mike” Seiden became a proud member of the “Clippers and Cops” team in 2018. As a reporter for Atlanta’s # 1 news station, WSB-TV, Seiden brings a unique perspective to the conversation, specifically the role the media plays in bridging the gap between the public and police.
Prior to joining Channel 2 Action News, Seiden was a reporter/ fill-in anchor for WPLG in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, where he spent four years there covering everything from breaking news to major national stories.
Prior to joining WPLG, Seiden was a reporter with KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas. Seiden graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism. Seiden has always had a passion for serving the communities he’s worked in. Over the years, Seiden has volunteered with a number of organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Humane Society.
Seiden would love to hear from you. If you have any questions and/or suggestions for our next meeting, please feel free to reach out to him at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
Retired Police Investigator
Orrick Curry is a native of Jackson, Tennessee where he graduated with honors from West Senior High School. After attending Lane College, he enlisted in the United States Army. He earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University.
In 1996, he joined the Atlanta Police Department. During his tenure, he was assigned to Zone 4, the Vice Unit, Executive Protection, the Gang Unit, and the Training Academy. He became a certified Master Instructor and taught at all levels from recruits, officers, command staff and civilians.
During his service in the United States Army, he rose to the rank of Sergeant Major before retiring with over 27 years of service. During his military service, he was deployed to the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. His overseas assignments include Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, and Afghanistan. He earned numerous awards and commendations including the Legion of Merit Award and Bronze Star.
Since retiring from the Atlanta Police Department in 2017 with over 21 years of service, Detective Curry continues his commitment to the community in service as the President of his Brookmont Homeowners Association and Peer Support Leader with the Wounded Warrior Project. He is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Douglas and spokesperson and training advisor with Clippers and Cops.
Officer Donte Booker was delighted to become a member of the Clippers and Cops team after being pitched the idea by Inv. Ty Dennis. Officer Booker has a passion for mending the divide between Police and the Community. A 17 year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, officer Booker currently serves in the Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) where he strives daily to break stereotypes regarding opinions of police officers. Officer Booker loves speaking to kids from elementary to high school about topics ranging from "stranger danger," gang influence and planning for life beyond high school.
Before becoming an officer officer Booker attended The Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) where he studied History, Technology and Society (HTS). Booker played on the football team while attending GT! Was a member of the 1998 ACC Championship team. After football was over his plan B of becoming a Law Enforcement Officer was put into motion.
Officer Booker was born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh in Clairton Pa. Officer Booker was an active member of his community growing up as well as in his Church (Morning Star Baptist) where he sang in the youth choir, Jr Usher board and as a Jr Deacon. Booker got his passion for community/Police relations from lessons learned growing up in Blair Heights Housing Projects. "The projects taught me everything I didn't want for my future" is one of his favorite lines. "I saw it all from community love for each other to murder!" "My environment made me into a well rounded man."
Officer Booker is the husband to Saudah Booker! Father to Brandon, Zoe, Leia and Bria Booker (Naima Rodriguez and Darryl Parsons step kids). Booker is the oldest of 4 siblings (Tara, Sharae & Cheronda) to Benjamin and Toni Booker.