Norfolk Southern Railroad Police Department
Master’s Degree in Public Administration
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Command College
FBI National Academy
FBI Executive Leadership Institute
Russell E. Andrews began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a jailer with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. In 1983, he was promoted to sworn Deputy and assigned to the Warrant Division. In 1986, he transferred to the Floyd County Police Department as a Patrol Officer.
In January 1988, he was hired as a Special Agent by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Andrews was promoted through the ranks at GBI eventually being appointed the Deputy Director for Investigations. He remained in this capacity until his retirement in October 2016. During his tenure at GBI, Andrews participated in all types of criminal investigations, including violent crime, crimes against children and public corruption.
Additionally, he served as an operator and eventual commander of the GBI Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Andrews was a certified law enforcement Bomb Technician. He served as a Bomb Technician for 17 years and was Commander of the GBI Bomb Disposal Unit a portion of that time. During his time as Deputy Director, Andrews placed an emphasis on the funding and redevelopment of the GBI Peer Support Program.
After retirement from GBI in October 2016, Andrews began another career as a Special Agent with the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police Department. He is assigned to the Area 8, Atlanta Field Office, where he continues to serve today.
Andrews holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Command College, the FBI National Academy, and the FBI Executive Leadership Institute.
Additionally, he has participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Executive Program and Bomb Technician Exchange Program.