Armstrong Alumni Association
Larry W. Branson
Major, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
Class of 1981
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Larry Branson is a Savannah native who grew up on the eastside of Savannah and attended Chatham County Public schools. His service to the community includes over 26 years in law enforcement – as a Savannah police officer and later as an officer with the merged Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. He currently serves as the Criminal Investigation Division Commander for the SCMPD.
Throughout his police career, Major Branson has worked in many different aspects of law enforcement. Among the departments or units he has served with are the Juvenile/Sex Crimes Unit, Training Unit, Patrol Division, and 911 Center. He has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force. He also commanded the department’s Tactical Reaction and Prevention Unit. As a captain, he commanded the Central, Islands, and Southside precincts. He currently leads the department's Crisis Intervention Team, which he helped found in 2005 to train officers to de-escalate confrontations with the mentally ill.
He was promoted to major, the department’s second highest rank, earlier this year. In his new rank, he is responsible for the Criminal Investigations Division of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.
Major Branson and his wife have five children. He is a member of Southside Baptist Church.