On January 12, Papius was transporting a detainee from College Park to the Fulton County jail. When she approached Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, she was flagged down by bystanders who reported a person being stabbed.
Papius observed a suspect holding an individual against a wall, then took action to apprehend the suspect. She then called for backup, and turned the suspect over to the Atlanta Police Department (APD).
APD sent letters of congratulations to the College Park Police Department, recognizing the Papius' valor and good judgment. She has been employed by the city of College Park since June 2011.
The Mayor and Council of College Park presented Papius with a proclamation claiming Monday, March 4th as "Bernice Papius Day."