• 1888- The Georgia School of Technology opens for classes; night watchmen had patrolled the campus grounds since the school's inception
  • mid-1940s​ - The Security Department is formalized with the hiring of a second officer
  • 1953 - 8 officers; all officers are former employees of Atlanta Police Department
  • 1963 - 19 officers; Oversight of the Security Department is transferred to the Controller’s Office; equipment and vehicle improvements have greatly increased officers’ capabilities
  • 1972 - 28 officers; The Security Department is renamed the Georgia Tech Police Department under the Georgia Board of Regents
  • 1974 - 32 officers; GTPD’s first female officer, Officer Mary Manning, hired; all GTPD officers are certified peace officers under the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST)
  • 1977 - GTPD is officially recognized by Georgia POST
  • 1986 - Sergeant Gary Beringause is killed on-duty in a vehicle collision, on escort assignment en route to the GT-UGA annual football game in Athens
  • 1994 - 38 officers; bicycle unit is instituted; GTPD begins federally-mandated crime reporting
  • 2003 - K-9 unit established. Officers and their canine companions patrol campus and answer calls.
  • 2016 - 84 officers; community relations and engagement is at an all-time high
  • 2019 - GTPD relocates to a newly designed police building at 965 Hemphill Avenue NW, Atlanta; all divisions are located under a single roof.