After receiving his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, Mr. Parker was employed by the Georgia Pacific Corporation in Atlanta and assisted in the creation of a security department. He then worked with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation where he retired after 30 years of service in February of 2012. During his career he has investigated over 300 death investigations that involved suicide, homicide, accidental, natural and undetermined. Other investigations included armed robbery, murder-for-hire, child sex abuse, rape, embezzlement, special investigations as directed by the governor and numerous other violent felony cases on both the state and federal level. During these investigations, he has processed and documented crime scenes which included the taking of photographs, scene drawings, collection of various types of evidence such as blood, DNA, weapons, fibers and other physical evidence.
Approximately 35,000 interviews of suspects, victims and witness have been conducted. Parker has written several hundred search warrants and have testified in numerous motions to suppress and Jackson v. Denno hearings. During the 30 years, no suppressions have been granted in any of Parker’s cases.
One of the duties of the GBI involved conducting investigations involving the use-of-force by other agencies that resulted in death or serious bodily harm. These investigations were conducted for police agencies in a 10 county area covered by the GBI in Thomson, Georgia.
In 1995, Parker was assigned to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia where he developed policies and procedures for the security of the Georgia World Congress Center which involved threat assessment of the facility. He then was responsible for the supervision of approximately 35 federal, state and local law enforcement officers in the security during the games. During the Paralympics, Parker was the Assistant Venue Commander for a 3 event venue.
He has been trained in numerous law enforcement topics and is a P.O.S.T certified instructor and teaches in the fields of interviews and interrogations, interpersonal communications and 4th amendment issues concerning search and seizure.
Other duties included assignment to dignitary protection of heads-of-states of foreign countries such as Raul Castro of Cuba and presidential assignments with Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. He was also assigned to the rotating protection of the speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich.
In February of 2012, Mr. Parker formed Private Consultations & Investigations, LLC in Augusta, Georgia where he investigates criminal, civil and domestic matters. Several reviews of death investigations and police officer use-of-force have been conducted for family members of victims. He has developed a certified police department for the McDuffie County Board of Education which includes newly created policies and procedures and threat assessment for all facilities. Other clients include threat assessment and security concerns for CEOs of large corporations and private individuals.
Court testimony has included expert testimony in the fields of “general investigations” in South Carolina, interviews and interrogations, photographic lineups in Columbia County and drug cases in the Toombs Judicial Circuit and Federal Courts in Pecos, Texas.