Ralph Stone Memorial for Law Enforcement Forensic Behavioral Sciences
Ralph Stone completed his B.S. degree from University of Georgia in 1966. He then entered the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant serving as an artillery officer for 3 years. After completing his military service, he was appointed as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 1973 Ralph Stone was appointed as a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation serving in various assignments in his career for over 30 years. While employed with the GBI, Ralph received his law degree (Juris Doctorate) from John Marshall Law School. From 1973 until 1986 Ralph was the case agent in over 1,000 criminal cases involving property and violent crimes in Georgia.
In 1987 Ralph Stone was selected to attend a 12-month work-study fellowship at the FBI Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia. Upon completion and graduation from the program, he became a certified criminal profiler. Ralph was instrumental in creating the Crime Analysis Unit within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Ralph Stone served in that capacity for the next 10 years examining over 500 cases providing crime analysis, crime scene reconstruction, profiling, threat assessment, interview strategy, and investigative suggestions to law enforcement throughout Georgia.
In 1998 Ralph was promoted to Special Agent in Charge supervising the Training Division within the GBI while continuing his role in behavioral science as a criminal investigative analyst and profiler. Ralph was a P.O.S.T.-certified instructor providing training in various topics related to forensic behavioral science. He was an instructor, writer, and considered an expert in his recognized field. His expertise was sought out throughout Georgia. Ralph was an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ralph Stone retired from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2003, after 30 years of exemplary service. He continued after his retirement assisting in criminal behavioral analysis and profiling sharing his knowledge and expertise.
Ralph was married to Merlene Garcia, father of Lisa (David) Stone Ross, Gail Reid, Lennox (Cecelia) Reid, the late Howell Stuart Stone. Grandfather to Aren Reid and Brennan Ross. Brother Douglas (Lynn) Stone and the late Patricia (Larry) Wayne.
Ralph died in December 2021. In his memory, family, colleagues, and friends intend for the Ralph Stone Memorial for Law Enforcement Forensic Behavioral Sciences to support the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) at Georgia State University to enhance education and training to Georgia law enforcement. GILEE views this memorial as a fitting tribute to the legacy of a man who devoted his life to law enforcement and serving Georgia.
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