Smyrna Police Department Recognizes Two Officers for “Officer of the Year”

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Sergeant Meredith Holt of the Smyrna Police Department recognized as the “Cobb County Public Safety Officer of the Year.” Photo courtesy of Smyrna Police Department.

by Sgt. Louis Defense, Public Information Officer, Smyrna Police Department

Meredith Holt

On October 5, 2019, Sergeant Meredith Holt of the Smyrna Police Department was recognized as the “Cobb County Public Safety Officer of the Year.”

In a pack filled room of law enforcement officers, police chiefs, elected officials, district attorneys, and most importantly her husband, Jeremy Holt, a Cobb County Police Department Sergeant, Holt was recognized for her tireless work with state legislator Teri Anulewicz to change the state’s “pimping” law from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Holt is a 12-year veteran of the Smyrna Police Department. During her time with the Smyrna Police Department, she has been responsible for investigating crimes against children, adult sexual assault, and large-scale Human Trafficking cases.

Holt has been working in the field of child abuse and law enforcement for approximately 17 years. Previously, she worked as a Probation Officer for Cobb County Juvenile Court prior to moving to Maryland, where she worked as a caseworker for Child Protective Services.

Trading in her social work hat to pursue criminals, Holt accepted a job with the Maryland State Police and Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office as a Criminal Investigator in the Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Unit. After deciding it was time to move home to Georgia, Holt was hired by Smyrna Police Department, where she worked uniformed patrol before being promoted to her current position of detective sergeant.

Holt has been employed by Smyrna Police Department for more than 12 years. She currently represents the Smyrna Police Department on the FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force (MATCH), where she investigates the human trafficking of children. She has been a Task Force Officer with the FBI in Human Trafficking for six years. Holt spent two and a half years assigned to the Marietta–Cobb County–Smyrna (MCS) Organized Crime Unit as an Intelligence Agent.

Holt received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a major in Child Development from the University of Georgia. Her work with children includes being an advisor with the Smyrna Police Explorers, a youth group for teens.

Holt has been requested by Chick-fil-a Headquarters, UPS Headquarters, and multiple police departments to conduct training on Human Trafficking. She was honored as the 2013 Smyrna Police Officer of the Year and was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as the sole law enforcement officer to the Child Welfare Reform Committee in 2014. In 2015, Governor Deal also appointed Holt to the Division of Family and Children Services State Advisory Board, representing Region 13: Cobb, Gwinnett, and Clayton counties, where she currently serves.

Holt actively pursued legislation to make Pimping a felony in Georgia and that law was signed by Governor Brian Kemp in April 2019. Chief David Lee, his command staff, and the men and women of the Smyrna Police Department are extremely proud of Holt’s dedication to the community and what she represents for the law enforcement profession.

Jeremy Lanzing

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Detective Jeremy Lanzing of the Smyrna Police Department was recognized Smyrna Police Department’s “Officer of the Year.”  Photo courtesy of Smyrna Police Department.

On October 22, 2019, during the Southeastern Chapter of International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI) two-day meeting, hosted by the Smyrna Police Department, Detective Jeremy Lanzing of the Smyrna Police Department was recognized as their “Officer of the Year.”

Detective Lanzing is an 11-year veteran of the Smyrna Police Department. Lanzing has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division since 2016. As a veteran officer, Lanzing immediately was assigned to the financial crimes section of the division.

Lanzing hit the ground running as an Investigator and within his first year arrested and charged a multi-state entering auto theft ring duo who were targeting public safety personal vehicles.

Shortly after making the entering auto case, the Discover Card Corporation, recognized Detective Lanzing as their “Officer of the Year” for his dedication and persistence with identifying and targeting Nigerian fraud rings.

Lanzing was assigned to the FBI as a task force officer in 2019, where he is currently working on complex financial crimes in partnership with the FBI.

 

 

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