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ATLANTA POLICE ADOPT NEW TRANSGENDER INTERACTION POLICIES    10/10/2014

Police Chief George Turner today signed new policies aimed at establishing Atlanta Police Department procedures for interactions with transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals. more...

Chief George N. Turner nominated for 2014 Leadership Character Award    9/23/2014

Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner was nominated for a 2014 Leadership
Character Award by the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Atlantabased
Turknett Leadership Group. Chief Turner was nominated in the large company
category and the award recognizes Georgia leaders who demonstrate outstanding character
in leadership. more...

ATLANTA POLICE READY FOR BIG NATIONAL NIGHT OUT    7/25/2014

The Atlanta Police Department is ready to celebrate National
Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 between 5:00pm-8:00pm. Organized by
the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out encourages
communities to partner with local law enforcement to increase crime
prevention awareness. more...

ATLANTA POLICE WELCOMES 29 NEW POLICE OFFICERS    7/22/2014

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class
#235 to be held in the City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Also graduating will be Citizens Police Academy #22 consisting of Atlanta residents and
business owners. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER COMPLETES INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING    7/2/2014

Atlanta Police Department Major Rodney Bryant completed a two-week public safety
program and exchange focused on new public safety techniques and technologies. Organized by
the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), Mayor Bryant along with 16 other
senior Georgia public safety officials learned best practices on counterterrorism measures. more...

Atlanta Police Department prepared for AJC Peachtree Road Race and other Independence Day Events    6/27/2014

The Atlanta Police Department, in partnership with a host of local, state and
government agencies have a comprehensive security plan in place for Fourth of July
celebrations in the City of Atlanta next week. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY    5/13/2014

Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane will speak at this year’s National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day ceremony on Wednesday, May 14 at 9 am. The event is hosted by Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, partnering with the Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Bar Foundation, and will be held at Woodruff Park near the Police Memorial. more...

APD to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day    4/24/2014

The US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO SPONSOR YOUTH EVENTS FOR SPRING BREAK    4/4/2014

The Atlanta Police Department School Detectives Section is offering all Atlanta
Public middle and high school students a fun and free activity during Spring Break. more...

Atlanta Police Seeking Participants for the Citizens Police    4/1/2014

The Atlanta Police Department is seeking participants for the Spring 2014 Citizens Police
Academy. As the Department strives for transparency in its operations, the Citizens Police
Academy provides a hands-on opportunity to educate the citizens of Atlanta on the operations
of the Department while obtaining valuable feedback from citizens to enhance police and
community relations. more...

AtlantaandAlbany PD    3/25/2014

The Atlanta and Albany, Georgia Police Departments have teamed up to prevent the most preventable crime,
thefts from vehicles. Launched in 2009, the Clean Car Campaign is an awareness initiative that encourage business owners,
employees and visitors to remove all valuables − such as purses, cell phones, GPS navigation systems, laptops and tablet
computers− from unattended vehicles. more...

ATLANTA POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE TO HOST FREE YOUTH TENNIS PLAY DAY    3/24/2014

The Atlanta Police Athletic League will host a free tennis play event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at
120 Anderson Av. NW, Atlanta, GA 30314 from Noon to 2:30 pm. Children aged 7 and up are welcome to attend.
No pre-registration needed. more...

ATLANTA POLICE TRAIN HUNDREDS, HOST FIRST-EVER CITYWIDE CODE ENFORCEMENT TRAINING    3/7/2014

Recently, the Atlanta Police Department’s Code Enforcement Section held its first
citywide training. The three-day event introduced more than 100 attendees to international property
maintenance and residential code. The training also provided information on the legal aspects of code
administration. In partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation and the American Association of
Code Enforcement, the training helped to prepare code enforcement officers and inspectors from
across the metro area as well as community leaders on how to effectively enforce city ordinances
while ensuring safe and sanitary conditions in housing and commercial properties. more...

ATLANTA POLICE MEET WITH INTERNATONAL LEADERS    3/5/2014

The Atlanta Police Department met with emerging foreign leaders from the U.S.
Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Six visitors from Afghanistan, Nepal,
Pakistan, and Sri Lanka met with the Atlanta Police Department and other city officials to learn more
about Atlanta’s arrest procedures.
Major Vincent Moore provided information on Atlanta Police procedures from arrest to arraignment.
Officials from the Fulton County Jail, Atlanta City Detention Center and the Fulton County District
Attorney’s Office also attended the meeting and discussed their protocols with particular emphasis on
citizen’s rights and how they work in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department.
The Atlanta Police Department regularly partners with the U.S. Department of State’s International
Visitor Leadership Program to help build understanding and cooperation between our nation and other
countries. Visitors are selected by the U.S. embassy staff abroad to participate in the International
Visitor Program to exchange ideas with U.S. counterparts. more...

Atlanta Police Deputy Chiefs Named Most Influential and Powerful    2/28/2014

Deputy Chiefs Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis and Erika Shields have been named to Women Looking Ahead News
Magazine’s 100s list of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.
The magazine celebrates the state’s most powerful and influential women who are making a difference.
Nominees are rated on several factors including commitment to professional excellence , ordinary
women with extraordinary talents, persevering career challenges, promotion of diversity in the
workplace and community service involvement.
“Deputy Chiefs C.J. Davis and Erika Shields have dedicated their careers more...

Atlanta Police serve non-stop through historic storm    2/14/2014

The Atlanta Police Department performed their work duties and made exceptional sacrifices over the last four days to protect the people of Atlanta during the Winter Storm PAX emergency.
Led by Chief Turner and the Executive Command Staff, hundreds of officers, commanders, 9-1-1 Call Center personnel, and other essential department employees put their lives on hold in order to respond to the needs of the community. All essential personnel went to 12-hour shifts beginning on Tuesday morning at 6AM. more...

City Residents, Business Owners Must Register Alarm Systems    1/31/2014

City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their alarm systems. In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which were false alarms or alarms that were cancelled en route. This represents more than six percent of total 911 dispatches. This is the equivalent of 8-12 full-time police officers who were dedicated to responding to false alarms, thereby taking away valuable public safety resources from more pressing matters. On average, every false alarm trip takes 20-30 minutes. more...

Atlanta Police to Tow Vehicles from Winter Storm Leon    1/31/2014

The Atlanta Police Department has towed less than 25 vehicles that were abandoned and impeding the flow of traffic as a result of the Winter Weather. In order for citizens to have adequate time to retrieve their vehicles left on the side of the road, the Atlanta Police Department will not begin towing these cars until Sunday, February 2nd at Noon.

The Atlanta Police Department has waived vehicle impound fees as a courtesy to our citizens for any vehicle towed as a result of Winter Storm Leon. However, the normal fees will apply to those cars towed after the deadline.

The Atlanta Police Property Unit is located at 3493 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. 404-546-4330 The hours are 8:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. more...

New Promotions include a new Deputy Chief    1/30/2014

Police Chief George Turner promoted Major C.J. Davis to Deputy Chief over Strategy and Special Projects Division effective Thursday, January 30, 2014. Deputy Chief E. Renee Propes retired after 30 years of service. Deputy Chief Davis was previously in charge of Code Enforcement.
Major James B. Shaw is the new Commander over the Code Enforcement Section. He was previously Assistant Commander in Zone 6.
Major Byron K. Martin is in charge of the Community Services Section. He was previously the Assistant Commander in Zone 3.
Captain Jack Snowden is the new Night Commander.
Captain Bennie McGee is the new Assistant Commander in Zone 6.
Captain Marisha Shepherd is new Assistant Commander at the Airport. more...

Impound Towing Fees to be Waived    1/30/2014

The Atlanta Police Department will waive vehicle impound fees as a courtesy to our citizens for any vehicle towed as a result of Winter Storm Leon.

If your vehicle was impounded by the Atlanta Police Department, the Property Control Unit will give you a credit form which will include the case number and vehicle information. The owner will then present this fee credit form to the wrecker service and retrieve their vehicle at no charge. The Atlanta Police Property Unit is located at 3493 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. 404-546-4330 The hours are 8:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This does not include ALL Impounds, ONLY those associated with the Winter Weather. more...

ATLANTA POLICE WARN AGAINST NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATORY GUN FIRE, DRUNK DRIVING    1/2/2014

The Atlanta Police Department is warning residents against celebrating the New Year with gun fire. Celebratory gun fire is a crime in which stray bullets from shooting a gun in the air can fall causing property damage, bodily injury and even death. Moreover, celebratory fire is a misdemeanor charge and citizens can face fines up to $1,000. The department is also urging residents not to drink and drive during the holiday. The APD encourages residents to designate a driver before celebrating and use MARTA or other modes of transportation. more...

Alcohol License Renewals Expiring    12/16/2013

On December 31, 2013, all City of Atlanta liquor/beer/wine licenses will expire. The Atlanta Police Department License and Permit Unit will be processing renewal licenses from now until December 31, 2013. more...

ATLANTA POLICE RECEIVES H.E.A.T. GRANT for LOCAL DUI ENFORCEMENT    12/11/2013

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) awarded the Atlanta Police Department a $57,500 grant award from its Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic or H.E.A.T. Program. Added to this award is $172,200 from the Atlanta Police Department, bringing the total grant program budget to $229,700. more...

Atlanta Police Ready For Major Sporting And Weekend Events    12/6/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is ready to welcome more than 170,000 attendees expected to visit Downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area this weekend. An increased police presence will be visible with specialized units to manage traffic flow from vehicular and pedestrian traffic. In addition to Southeastern Conference Championship Game activities, a variety of other happenings will fill the city and the APD is offering a few tips to enjoy the city safely. more...

Operation Safe Halloween    10/31/2013

The Atlanta Police Department along with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole is taking extra precautions to keep our children safe this Halloween. Atlanta Police Officers and Parole Officers will visit the homes of sex offenders between the hours of 3:00pm and 11:00pm tonight to make sure they are in compliance with state rules.
Registered sex offenders will have a curfew and certain restrictions during trick-or-treat hours. They will be required to stay at home and are not allowed to answer the door or pass out candy. Sex offenders are also required to turn off their outside lights during the evening and have no Halloween décor at their residences. more...

ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT    10/25/2013

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will be in Atlanta November 17-20, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Atlanta Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that the Atlanta Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. As a part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 7:00pm. The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. more...

APD to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day    10/24/2013

The US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription drugs. According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national survey, raiding the medicine cabinet of friends or family is how 70 percent of pain prescription drug abusers sustained their abuse more...

Atlanta Police To Swear In 26 New Officers    10/16/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the swearing in of Class #232 to be held at the Atlanta Police Training Academy 180 Southside Ind., Pkwy. Atlanta, GA 30354 on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:00pm.
Twenty-six officers will participate in the ceremony that concludes 22 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy. Training consisted of classroom courses in constitutional law, local and state laws, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness. Next, these officers will experience 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers.
The ceremony will be streamed live on our Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/users/AtlantaPoliceDpt/feed more...

NEW CLASS BRINGS ATLANTA POLICE WITHIN DOUBLE DIGITS OF REACHING WORKFORCE GOAL    10/1/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class #230 to be held at City Hall in the City Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. more...

Atlanta Police Arrest Tagger    9/10/2013

The Atlanta Police Department’s Graffiti Abatement Officer has arrested a tagger with more than 30 documented uses of his moniker.
On 9-3-2013 Oliver Roberts (DOB 6-3-1994) was arrested on charges of Criminal Damage to Property 2nd Degree and 3 counts of Criminal Trespass. Mr. Roberts was using the moniker “FORTE” and officers had documented its use 36 times. Mr. Roberts has been actively tagging for at least 2 years and predominately tagged in the Castleberry, Old Fourth Ward and Kirkwood neighborhoods. Mr. Roberts was taken into custody at the airport on 9-3-2013 and transferred to the Fulton County Jail on 9-4-2013. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEVELOP INNOVATIVE INTELLIGENCE-SHARING NETWORK    9/9/2013

ATLANTA - An investigative, intelligence-sharing platform developed by the Atlanta Police Department that has dramatically improved prosecutions of gang members may soon include neighboring agencies as part of a metro-wide law enforcement collaboration initiative. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERS LABOR DAY WEEKEND SAFETY TIPS    8/28/2013

ATLANTA – A variety of sporting events, concerts, parades and other happenings will fill Downtown Atlanta this Labor Day weekend, and the Atlanta Police Department is offering a few tips to navigate the crowds safely.
Most importantly, anyone traveling to any of the events by car should remember to adhere to the APD’s Clean Car Campaign by removing all valuables prior to exiting their vehicle. Officers routinely respond to reports of laptops, GPS units, tablet computers, purses, firearms and other valuables stolen from unattended vehicles. Leave these items at home, or take them with you to avoid becoming a victim of this preventable crime.
Attendees to Thursday night’s Atlanta Falcons game at the Georgia Dome should familiarize themselves with the NFL’s new bag policy, which prohibits bringing large bags and purses into the venue. Leaving these items in an unattended car can lead to thefts. more...

Atlanta Police Earn State Certification    8/1/2013

The Atlanta Police Department, for the first time in its history, has received certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). The Department was recognized at GACP’s 46th Annual Summer Training Conference at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center from July 21st through July 24th. Certification status represents a significant professional achievement and is confirmation that APD practices are consistent with progressive professional standards. more...

City Residents, Business Owners Must Register Alarm Systems    7/29/2013

City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their security and burglar alarm systems. In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which were false alarms or alarms that were cancelled in route. These calls represent more than six percent of total 911 dispatches. With every call taking an average of 20-30 minutes, the equivalent of 8-12 full-time police officers were dedicated to responding to false alarms, thereby taking away valuable public safety resources from more pressing matters. more...

Atlanta Police Encourage Communities to Register, Join National Night Out Parties    7/29/2013

The Atlanta Police Department has partnered with several local agencies to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6. National Night Out is organized by the National Association of Town Watch and encourages communities to partner with local law enforcement to increase crime prevention awareness. more...

ATLANTA POLICE PREPARED FOR LARGE EVENTS DURING JULY 20-21 WEEKEND    7/19/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is prepared for large crowds expected this weekend due to several major events in and around Downtown Atlanta. Visitors to the city should be prepared for heavy pedestrian and auto traffic due to events, including the BB&T Atlanta Open, CONCACAF Gold Cup, the “Justice for Trayvon” National Day of Action Vigil and conventions. more...

New Commanders Appointed for Zone 6 Precinct and School Detectives Section    7/17/2013

Police Chief George Turner today announced the appointment of a new major to take the reins in east Atlanta’s Zone 6 precinct and a veteran commander to lead the newly-reconfigured School Detectives Section.
Major Keith Meadows will move as commander of the Zone 6 precinct to lead the School Detectives Section, the public safety arm of the Atlanta Public Schools system. In his place, Chief Turner has promoted Captain Timothy Peek, currently APD Night Commander since January 2013, to the major in command of Zone 6. more...

Atlanta Police Department, Partner Agencies, Increase Security and Readiness for AJC Peachtree Road    6/27/2013

The Atlanta Police Department, in partnership with a host of local, state and government agencies, will have a comprehensive security plan in place for Fourth of July celebrations in the City of Atlanta next week.
“It’s important that we bring this extra security and peace of mind to the hundreds of thousands of holiday revelers coming into the city for these iconic events,” Police Chief George Turner said. “Following the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, it is critical and prudent for us to have a plan in place in the unlikely event of a crisis.” more...

ATLANTA POLICE MAJOR FRAUD INVESTIGATORS BREAK UP MAJOR FRAUD RING OPERATING IN ATLANTA    6/18/2013

The Atlanta Police Major Fraud Unit, supported by the Atlanta Field Office of the United States Secret Service’s Organized Fraud Task Force, conducted an undercover operation to identify and arrest subjects operating an elaborate fraud scheme to purchase high end electronics through the creation of fake businesses.
The suspects, R more...

Bump and Run Carjackers Arrested    5/23/2013

The Atlanta Police Department’s Gang Unit has been able to connect three convicted felons on probation with three carjackings and other crimes that occurred in late April and early May, including a high-profile case in Buckhead in which the victim’s vehicle was bumped from behind on purpose. more...

POLICE URGE ATLANTA CITIZENS AND VISITORS TO PREPARE FOR LARGE MEMORIAL DAY CROWDS    5/23/2013

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Police Department would like to urge residents and visitors to the city center this Memorial Day weekend to be mindful of several major events.
“The Atlanta Police Department is fully prepared to protect our citizens and visitors during the holiday weekend,” said Police Chief George N. Turner. “However, we need the public’s help and encourage everyone to prepare for large crowds, utilize public transportation and to report any suspicious activity.” more...

Summer H.E.A.T. Crackdown on DUI and Speed Begins    5/17/2013

Summer 2013 marks the 10th consecutive season that police are rolling out waves of enforcement patrols across all 159 Georgia counties to crack down on dangerous, aggressive and high-speed drivers.
Beginning on Monday, May 20th, the Atlanta Police Department will participate in the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign designed to reduce fatal crash counts during the summer driving period from Memorial Day through Labor Day. more...

APD solves “Maintenance Man” Rapist Cold Cases    5/14/2013

On 05/10/13, Atlanta Police Homicide Unit Cold Case Squad Investigator A.B. Calhoun successfully sought indictments in Fulton County Superior Court against Daniel Wade B/M, 06/05/50, for five rapes and related charges. These rapes took place in 1986 and 1987 and are part of a larger investigation that possibly includes 29 rapes in Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett County. The assaults were dubbed the “Maintenance Man” rapes at the time because all of the rapes occurred in apartments and investigators looked into the possibility that the suspect worked for one of those complexes. more...

Atlanta Police, U.S. Marshals Arrest Buckhead Carjacker    5/10/2013

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Police Department’s Gang and Fugitive units, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Counter Gang Unit, has made an arrest in a “bump and run” carjacking that occurred on May 1st in Buckhead.
Ronnie Houston, DOB 5-10-89, was arrested today at 344 Tarragon Way SW and charged with armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of financial transaction card theft, hit and run and driving without a license on person.
The victims told police that on May 1st around 11 p.m., they were driving a Buick Enclave through the intersection of West Wesley and Howell Mill roads when they were struck from behind. The couple stepped out of their vehicle to assess the damage, when three black males robbed them of their belongings and vehicle at gunpoint. More arrests may be forthcoming as the investigation into this incident continues. more...

THE ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT WELCOMES 23 NEW POLICE OFFICERS    5/9/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class #227 to be held in the City Hall Atrium on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
The graduation ceremony concluded 21 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy, along with 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers. The training includes classroom courses in constitutional law, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness. more...

APD Participates in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day    5/9/2013

The US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This is the sixth year of this very successful project to assist our residents to clear out their medicine cabinets, empty their bedside tables and kitchen drawers of prescription drugs. Last year 244 tons were collected across the country. more...

The Atlanta Police Department welcomes the Moving Memorial Wall    4/9/2013

The Atlanta Police Department welcomes the Georgia Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Tour on Thursday, April 11th at 11:00am in front of Public Safety Headquarters on the Pryor St. side. This 28 foot long ‘Moving Wall’ is pulled by a full size pickup truck and escorted by more than 10 motorcycles. It will feature the names of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Georgia. more...

Heavy traffic, street and lane closures expected throughout Downtown for Final Four    4/3/2013

The Atlanta Police Department reminds the public of heavy traffic volume in Downtown Atlanta from April 4th-8th , centered around the Final Four basketball tournament and related events around the Georgia Dome. The Department is urging event-goers and others who must travel into Downtown to consider taking MARTA, or other alternative modes of travel to decrease volume. more...

ATLANTA POLICE PREPARE FOR HISTORIC NCAA FINAL FOUR    3/27/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is urging visitors to the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament and related events to expect, and prepare for, large crowds in excess of 100,000 per day and heavy traffic volume.
The Department has been planning for the five day event for more than a year. Nonetheless, the sheer volume of visitors will make traffic congestion inevitable as thousands of people visit a concentrated area of venues in Downtown Atlanta. more...

THE ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO SWEAR IN 26 NEW POLICE OFFICERS    3/13/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the swearing in of Class #228 to be held at the Atlanta Police Training Academy 180 Southside Ind., Pkwy. Atlanta, GA 30354 on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:00pm.
This ceremony concludes 12 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy. The training consists of classroom courses in constitutional law, local and state laws, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness. more...

ATLANTA POLICE SEEK TO BOOST NUMBERS OF SPANISH-SPEAKING OFFICERS AND 9-1-1 CALL-TAKERS    3/11/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is recruiting more Spanish-speaking officers and 9-1-1 call takers to better serve our diverse communities.
The initiative is being kicked off with a public service announcement featuring the Department’s Hispanic Liaison, Officer Antonio Gonzalez, and Sgt. Rosa Quintana-Green, a supervisor in Zone 5’s Underground Atlanta precinct. Link to PSA http://youtu.be/_f3nidDKBYM more...

ATLANTA POLICE SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR THE CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY    2/26/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is seeking participants for the Citizens Police Academy. As the Department strives for transparency in its operations, the Citizens Police Academy provides a hands-on opportunity to educate the citizens of Atlanta on the operations of the Department while obtaining valuable feedback from citizens to enhance police and community relations. more...

THE ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT WELCOMES 23 NEW POLICE OFFICERS    2/18/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class #226 to be held in the City Hall Atrium on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Reed is scheduled to attend and will deliver closing remarks. more...

THOUSANDS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FOR MAJOR EVENTS    2/13/2013

The Atlanta Police Department is asking the public to be mindful of numerous large events in the Downtown Atlanta area expected to attract 85,000-190,000 attendees per day.
The events will be held at Philips Arena, the Georgia World Congress Center, and the Georgia Dome beginning Friday. Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic is expected to be extremely heavy around these events. more...

Atlanta Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit welcomes new officers    2/12/2013

The Mounted Patrol Division of the Atlanta Police Department will hold a graduation pinning ceremony for three new officers. This specialized division of the police department requires additional equestrian training for officers who are assigned to this unit. The officers who will graduate include Officers Genesis Huff, Steven Overstreet, and Simone Thomas.
The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:30am at the APD Mounted Patrol Barn at 1001 Cherokee Ave, Atlanta, GA 30315. more...

APD WORKS WITH METRO LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST SIX CARJACKING SUSPECTS    2/8/2013

The Atlanta Police Department and its partner law enforcement agencies have made five significant felony arrests in a recent wave of carjackings throughout the City and metro Atlanta since late last year.
These five individuals, along with a sixth suspect for whom an arrest warrant has been issued, have been charged with six carjackings in the city, and investigators believe may be responsible for more. Investigators are also looking at the possibility they may be involved in armed pedestrian robberies as well. The men face additional charges in Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. more...

CHIEF TURNER JOINS MAJOR CITIES CHIEFS ASSOCIATION IN HONORING FORMER ATLANTA POLICE CHIEF RICHARD P    1/14/2013

Richard J. Pennington, the 22nd Chief of Police for the City of Atlanta, was presented the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Leadership Award on Monday.
Police Chief George N. Turner, who succeeded Pennington in 2010, presented the award, along with MCCA President, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. The award was announced at MCCA’s fall meeting, but Chief Pennington was not able to attend. He was given the award in a private ceremony today. more...

Atlanta Police Department Zone 6 to host holiday party for local children    12/19/2012

Atlanta Police Department Zone 6 will host a holiday party for neighborhood children on Friday, December 21 from 10:00am – noon.
Over 40 children ranging in age from one to13 years old have been invited to attend by Zone 6 Beat Officers. They will receive a gift and visit with Santa Claus.
Zone 6 saw the need in their neighborhoods and asked the community along with Zone 6 personnel to donate gifts for the children. They also partnered with Holy Temple Deliverance headed by Bishop Nelson E. and First Lady Shirley A. Clements to donate much needed clothing.
Major Keith Meadows, Zone 6 Commander and Captain Michael Giugliano, Assistant Zone Commander will be on hand to mingle with the guests and pass out toys to the children. more...

Atlanta Police Department Police Athletic League Centers (PAL) OPEN during the Holiday Break    12/17/2012

When the Atlanta Public Schools recess for the Holidays on Wednesday, December 19th, the Atlanta Police Department would like to remind citizens that our PAL centers will remain open. Both PAL centers will be open Monday thru Friday from 10:00am till 6:00 pm during the holiday break. more...

ATLANTA POLICE RECEIVES H.E.A.T. GRANT for LOCAL DUI ENFORCEMENT    11/28/2012

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (“G.O.H.S.”) awarded the Atlanta Police Department a $93,200 grant from its Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic or H.E.A.T. Program. Added to this award is $139,800 from the Atlanta Police Department, bringing the total grant program budget to $233,000.

The H.E.A.T. program was designed to serve Georgia jurisdictions with the highest rates of crashes, injuries, and deaths. It includes twenty-two Georgia counties and covers most of Metropolitan Atlanta. The primary goals of the program are to (1) reduce impaired driving crashes; (2) reduce excessive speeding; (3) increase safety belt usage; and (4) educate the public about traffic safety.

“The H.E.A.T. initiative seeks to increase the impaired driver arrests, reduce dangerous speeders, educate the public about the dangers of DUI and provide a high visibility enforcement profile in the communities that need it most,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.

The Atlanta Police Department’s H.E.A.T. Unit will develop and implement strategies using traffic enforcement and education to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities from drugs and alcohol, speed and aggressive driving, as well as the non-use of safety belts during the grant period that began October 1, 2012 and continuing until September 30, 2013.

For more information about the GOHS H.E.A.T. initiative contact Lieutenant Scarlett Woods, H.E.A.T. Coordinator, at (404) 656-6996 or swoods@gohs.ga.gov more...

Homicide Arrests    11/28/2012

On 10/5/12, approximately 4:20 p.m. Atlanta Police responded to a person shot call at the intersection of Moreland Ave and Ponce de Leon Ave. The victim was found deceased inside of a vehicle at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Ave. and Briarcliff Rd. The victim was identified as Graham Sisk (W/M, DOB 6/17/89). Mr. Sisk was shot several times while seated in his vehicle at the traffic light at Moreland Ave and Ponce de Leon Ave. According to witnesses there was an altercation that began further west on Moreland Ave. with the victim and the occupant or occupants of an older model Ford or Chevrolet pick- up truck that was described as either dark blue or black. On November 16, 2012, Det. J. Thorpe was able to ascertain probable cause to secure DeKalb County Arrest Warrants for the charge of Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault Weapon on; Shaheed K. Huff (B/M, DOB 04/30/1982). On November 27, 2012, the United States Marshal Southeast Regional Fugitive Unit (City of Atlanta Team) apprehended the aforementioned fugitive in DeKalb County, Lithonia, GA without incident. Mr. Shaheed Huff was transported to DeKalb County Jail without incident.
On 10/06/2012 Zone 5 units responded to a shooting at 688 Spring Street Atlanta Ga, Fulton County. A male had been shot while walking along the sidewalk with a group of others after leaving a business in the area. The victim Morie Brooks had gotten into a verbal altercation inside the business with three males. As Morie Brooks and others left the location of 714 Spring Street, walking south on Spring Street, a dark vehicle pulled up next to the group walking. A male displayed a handgun and fired two gunshots out of the vehicle. Morie Brooks was shot in the back and succumb to his injuries. The suspects are unknown at this time. On 11-27-12, Orlando Hawkins, DOB: 6-11-92 was arrested for this shooting. Mr. Hawkins has been charged with Murder and was transported to the Fulton County Jail. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT WELCOMES 29 NEW POLICE OFFICERS    11/27/2012

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class #225 to be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
The graduation ceremony concludes 22 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy, along with field training with veteran officers. The training consists of classroom courses in constitutional law, local and state laws, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness. Class 225 consists of 26 men and 3 women. more...

Missing Person    11/5/2012

The family of Ms. Wendy Lynette Beardslee has reported her as missing. Ms. Beardslee is 46 years of age and was last seen at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on October 29, 2012. Ms. Beardslee is 5’2, 125 lbs. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Any information on Ms. Beardslee, please contact Atlanta Missing Person’s Unit at 404-546-4235 or 911. more...

ATLANTA POLICE MOURN LOSS OF TWO OFFICERS IN TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH    11/4/2012

The City of Atlanta Police Department (APD) lost two officers in a helicopter crash late Saturday night. The Department’s Air Unit had been called to assist with a search for a missing 9-year-old boy in northwest Atlanta when witnesses said the helicopter lost control and crashed to the ground around 10:30 p.m. more...

2012 Mayor’s Cup Amateur Boxing Championship & PAL Benefit    10/24/2012

The 2012 Mayor’s Cup Amateur Boxing Championship & Benefit will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Atlanta Civic Center from 5pm-12pm. This benefit is the only yearly fund-raiser for the Atlanta Police Athletic League (PAL). The proceeds will support an entire year of programming for Atlanta Youth. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. more...

ATLANTA POLICE JOIN LOCAL, FEDERAL PARTNERS AND PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY ON “PROJECT STEEL CURTAIN”    10/10/2012

WHO: Atlanta Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern District of Georgia, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Service, City of Atlanta Department of Public Works, City of Atlanta Department of Corrections, Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, the Pittsburgh Ministerial Alliance and Community Life Ministries more...

THE ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT WELCOMES 31 NEW POLICE OFFICERS    10/8/2012

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class #224 to be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

The graduation ceremony concluded 22 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy, along with field training with veteran officers. The training consists of classroom courses in constitutional law, local and state laws, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness. Class 224 consists of 31 men and women. more...

ATLANTA POLICE ARREST REPEAT GRAFFITI VANDAL    10/1/2012

The Atlanta Police Department is pleased to announce the arrest of a man linked to more than 70 incidents of graffiti vandalism in the city.

Cory Harris (DOB 3/6/91), of Stone Mountain, was arrested September 11th, 2012, by Zone 6 Atlanta Police officers who witnessed him “tagging” train cars in the CSX rail yard near Seaboard Avenue. Harris was found to be in possession of markers and graffiti drawings when arrested. Officers noted 15 cars that had been marked with what appeared to be fresh graffiti, identifying Harris by the moniker, “CUR.” more...

ATLANTA POLICE PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY TO “BRIGHTEN UP BROAD STREET”    9/13/2012

The Atlanta Police Department will participate in the “Brighten Up Broad Street” event on Friday night, a collaborative effort with the community to improve an important Downtown neighborhood.
The event, sponsored by the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, will bring out residents, business and property owners dedicated to improving the Broad Street area between MLK Jr. Drive and Mitchell Street. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT ATTRITION RATE DROPS SIGNIFICANTLY OVER FOUR-YEAR PERIOD    9/5/2012

The Atlanta Police Department has improved attrition rates by two percentage points since 2008, greatly reducing the number of sworn officers leaving the department annually. more...

ATLANTA POLICE RELEASE SKETCHES IN RECENT HOMICIDE    9/5/2012

On 08-23-2012 Atlanta Police responded to the 4000 block of Danforth Rd regarding a male lying in the road. Upon arrival it was determined that the male had been shot and was deceased. Around the same time of the shooting, Fulton County Police responded to a pedestrian robbery in this same area. Investigators believe that the same men may be responsible for the homicide and robbery. more...

VISITORS URGED TO PREPARE FOR LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED IN CITY FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND    8/29/2012

The Atlanta Police Department would like to urge residents and visitors to the city center this Labor Day weekend to be mindful of numerous major cultural and sporting events, stay safe and prepare accordingly for expected traffic and crowds.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected, particularly in Buckhead, Downtown and Midtown, from Thursday through Monday. The city will play host to several pro and college sporting events, as well as several venues for the annual events DragonCon and Black Gay Pride. Large crowds can be expected at Piedmont Park, Lenox Square and other city landmarks and destinations. more...

INVESTIGATORS SEEK HELP IN IDENTIFYING ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING SUSPECT.    8/24/2012

On 8/22/2012 at about 7:45pm a black male driving a black pickup truck attempted to kidnap a 7 year-old girl from the corner of Parkway and Angier. The victim and two of her friends, ages 9 and 12, were walking on Parkway when a man in a black pickup truck slowed down and asked the girls where they were going. The girls ignored the man and continued walking, and the man exited his truck, grabbed the 7 year-old girl, covered her mouth so that she couldn’t scream and began dragging her toward his truck. The other two girls grabbed the victim and attempted to pull her away from the suspect, who then released the girl and fled the scene in his vehicle. more...

LONGTIME VACANT, BLIGHTED PROPERTY IN SOUTHWEST ATLANTA DEMOLISHED    8/22/2012

The Atlanta Police Department Code Enforcement Section today took another tough stance against vacant, blighted properties with the demolition of a privately-owned but abandoned apartment complex at 2020 Allison Court in southwest Atlanta. more...

COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION TO CONDUCT COMMUNITY SAFETY SEMINAR FOR    8/21/2012

The Community Services Division will conduct a community safety seminar on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, located at 781 Peachtree Street N. E., Atlanta, GA 30308. The seminar is open to anyone, but will focus primarily on discussions specific to the L.G.B.T. community. more...

CarFit Event for Senior Drivers    8/14/2012

On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, the Atlanta Police Department, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, will host a CarFit event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility located at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. more...

Atlanta Police Employees Offered Free Wills from Nelson Mullins Law Firm    8/9/2012

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough attorneys will be discussing estate planning with Atlanta police officers and civilian employees on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlanta Police Department headquarters. more...

Chief Turner’s Itinerary for National Night Out    8/6/2012

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, to celebrate National Night Out, Chief Turner will visit several citywide block parties. This year’s City of Atlanta theme, The More We Get Together, The Safer We’ll Be, promotes keeping our communities safe, block by block. Listed below are the places and times for each of Chief Turner’s stops. more...

CRIME SUPPRESSION DETAIL    8/3/2012

The Atlanta Police Department has selected four key areas in the City for a strategic, 60-day crime suppression detail beginning Aug. 2nd made possible with federal Justice Assistance Grant money. more...

Register Now for the 29th Annual National Night Out – August 7    7/25/2012

The National Association of Town Watch ( NATW) has announced that the 29th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime prevention program will culminate on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, with citywide block parties. This year’s City of Atlanta theme, The More We Get Together, The Safer We’ll Be, promotes keeping our communities safe, block by block. The Atlanta Police Department, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and other city agencies are working together to get neighborhoods registered for this event. There is no cost to register. more...

VISITORS URGED TO PREPARE FOR LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED IN CITY FOR THIS WEEKENDAND THE WEEK OFJULY 15TH    7/13/2012

The Atlanta Police Department would like to urge residents and visitors to the city center this weekend and during the week of July 15, 2012, to be mindful of several major cultural, sporting and convention events. We encourage residents and visitors to stay safe and prepare accordingly for expected traffic and crowds. more...

Missing Person - Ebony Nicole Griffin    7/11/2012

The family of Ms. Ebony Nicole Griffin has reported her as missing. Ms. Griffin is 19 years old and was last known to be at 901 Rice Street on May 23, 2012. Ms. Griffin is 5’4, 150lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Any information or contact, notify 911 or The Atlanta Police Department's Adult Missing Persons Squad at 404-546-4235 more...

ATLANTA POLICE OFFER TIPS FOR SAFE AND HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS    7/2/2012

The Independence Day Holiday is a wonderful time in the City of Atlanta rich with summertime traditions that include the Peachtree Road Race, Braves baseball and plenty of fireworks. Chief George Turner and the men and women of the Atlanta Police Department would like to remind citizens of a few common-sense precautions that will help lead to a safe and happy Fourth of July. more...

ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES LAW ENFORCMENT GRANT TO HIRE VETERANS    6/27/2012

The Atlanta Police Department will receive an estimated $1.8 million in federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant money over the next three years, allowing the Department to hire 15 military veterans as officers. The new positions will allow the APD to reallocate existing personnel to create the “APD Path Force,” dedicated to providing security and patrols to the developing Atlanta BeltLine. more...

Missing person Tamara Moore    6/25/2012

The mother of Tamara Moore has reported her missing. She was last seen at the Gateway Homeless Shelter on 06/12/12. Her mother also stated that Tamara has mental problems. Tamara is 5’4, 142lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Any information concerning Ms. Moore, please call the Missing Persons unit at (404) 546-4235 more...

NEW GRAFFITI ABATEMENT OFFICER NAMED    6/19/2012

Officer Brad Etterle has been named the Atlanta Police Department’s new Graffiti Abatement Officer. As the Graffiti Abatement Officer, Officer Etterle will represent the enforcement arm of the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force. more...

CSD TO CONDUCT COMMUNITY SAFETY SEMINAR FOR THE L.G.B.T. COMMUNITY    6/13/2012

The Community Services Division will conduct a community safety seminar on June 26, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at The Evolution Project located at 583 Juniper Street, Suite 1. The seminar is open to anyone, but will focus primarily on discussions specific to the L.G.B.T. community. more...

APD Joins APS in reducing truancy    6/12/2012

The Atlanta Police Department’s Truancy Officers, in collaboration with the Atlanta Public Schools Attendance Improvement Program staff, will host two sessions of a two-week summer camp for sixth and seventh grade students in hopes of improving student attendance at school. The summer camp will be held at John F. Kennedy Middle School and will be at no cost to the students. The second session will begin on June 18, 2012, and conclude on June 29, 2012. This session is open to the media to attend. more...

EXPERIENCED CRIME LAB DIRECTOR NAMED AT APD    6/12/2012

Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Don Mikko as Director of the Atlanta Police Department Crime Lab. Mikko assumed the duties of the Director on May 18, 2012. As Director, Mr. Mikko will be responsible for supervising the forensic laboratory support provided to City of Atlanta law enforcement and investigative agencies. more...

APD APPLAUDS GUILTY PLEAS IN GRAFFITI VANDAL CASES    6/7/2012

Two graffiti vandals arrested last year by the Atlanta Police Department have pleaded guilty in Atlanta Municipal Court this week, capping months of hard work and investigation by the APD’s Graffiti Abatement Officer Ari Bleifeld. more...

Atlanta Police Welcome 31 New Officers    6/5/2012

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class #222 to be held in the City Hall Atrium on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. more...

Missing Person Advisory - Margaret Neal    5/24/2012

The family of Ms. Margaret Neal Taylor has reported her as missing. Ms. Taylor is 66 years old and was last reported to be at The Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson International Airport on May 21, 2012. Ms. Taylor is reported as suffering from Schizophrenia and Bipolar. She is 4’10 150 lbs. and has white hair. Any contact or information, notify 911 or The Atlanta Police Department's Adult Missing Persons Squad at 404-546-4235. more...

Vistors urged to prepare for large crowds expected in city for Memorial Day weekend    5/23/2012

The Atlanta Police Department would like to urge residents and visitors to the city center this Memorial Day weekend to be mindful of two major cultural events and several major sporting events, and to stay safe and prepare accordingly for expected traffic and crowds. more...

Man arrested for snatching a laptop in a coffee shop    4/18/2011

Quick action by concerned citizens and Atlanta Police led to the arrest on Saturday of a man accused of snatching a laptop from a customer at a coffee shop near East Atlanta.

The laptop was returned to the victim and Atlanta Police placed under arrest Antavious Monds, 19 (9-21-91), of Decatur. A narrative of the incident follows:

On April 16th, at approximately 5:45 p.m., an Atlanta police officer on patrol saw a man running out of the Caribou Coffee shop on Caroline Street in the Edgewood Retail District. The man, later identified as Monds, was being chased by another man. Monds, who was holding an Apple Mac Book laptop in one hand, turned around to punch in the chest the man who was chasing, him, later identified as Jerald Baxter.

Baxter told the officer, “He just robbed someone.” The officer joined the pursuit in his patrol car. Monds continued running and knocked over a woman in the parking lot while attempting to flee. A second man, identified later as Daniel Lassiter, saw the officer chasing Monds and grabbed him. Monds also punched Lassiter in the chest.

Lassiter released his grip when the officer got out of the patrol car, but Monds continued to resist. The officer noticed Monds looking around, as if to escape. Monds refused the officer’s orders to lay on the ground and stop resisting, so he deployed a short burst of pepper spray to Monds’ face. Monds relented and the officer was able to handcuff him.

The victim, Julia Greenhill, showed up at the scene and told the officer she was sitting in the coffee shop when the man she identified as Monds came in from the Moreland Ave. door and grabbed her computer while it was on her lap. Greenhill attempted to hang on to the laptop, but let go. Baxter, who worked behind the counter, gave chase to Monds.

Grady EMS responded, but no one was seriously injured in the incident. Monds was transported to the DeKalb County jail to face charges of robbery and simple battery. more...

NEW C.OP.S. SECTION FESTIVITIES AT WOODRUFF PARK    3/14/2011

The Atlanta Police Department is proud to invite the public to a formal unveiling
of its new Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Saturday, March 19th at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta.
The 50 officers who will eventually work in the Community Liaison Unit of COPS
will work closely with the citizens of the city to embody the APD’s mission
statement of reducing crime and promoting the quality of life in partnership with
our community.
“We expect COPS officers to be able to dedicate the time to strategize and follow
up with our communities more closely than patrol officers are currently able to due
to their busy workloads,” Chief George Turner said. “While every officer’s job is
to work diligently to fight crime in concert with our communities, I believe these
officers truly are uniquely positioned to make a difference.”
Many COPS resources will go towards quality of life issues such as the eradication
of graffiti, illegal dumping and other code enforcement issues, aggressive
panhandling and working with youth through programs such as the Police Athletic
League. more...

ATLANTA POLICE HOLD COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON BEAT REDESIGN PLAN    2/25/2011

The Atlanta Police Department announced today a series of community meetings intended to inform city residents on changes to its six geographical patrol zones. The APD embarked on a study a year ago, examining its police beats with the goal of ensuring that its resources and response times to calls for service were maximized. The resulting plan retains the department’s six zones, though some geographical boundaries have shifted. Department leadership believes the plan will increase police visibility by boosting the number of beats throughout the city and balancing out workloads in each zone, allowing for improved response times. Chief George Turner, along with commanders for each zone, will join other department leadership in presenting the plan – along with expected benefits – in a series of public forums beginning Feb. 24th and continuing through March. “It’s important for us to communicate our intentions to the public,” Chief Turner said. “I’m hoping that citizens will gain a greater understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish and see the benefits that will result in a safer city for all of us.” Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young Jr. joins Chief Turner in welcoming the opportunity to inform the public. Young believes the department’s zone realignment initiative will result in improved response times to criminal activity in an ever growing city. more...

Crime Data Downloads    2/11/2011

The online crime mapping data that was previously available on the old Atlanta Police website is now available on the Crime Data download page. This page is located under the APD Online menu option or at http://www.atlantapd.org/crimedatadownloads.aspx.

Also available on the page will be the current week COBRA crime report and the drug arrest mapping data. more...

ATLANTA POLICE TO CREATE NEW CRIME-FIGHTING UNIT TO REPLACE RED DOG    2/7/2011

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner announced today plans to form a new tactical crime-fighting unit to replace Red Dog, which was created in the late 1980s. “This new unit will be a highly-trained, competent force,” Chief Turner said. “They will be second only to SWAT in training and tactical efficiency. The members of this unit will be carefully screened and selected.” Turner noted that the nature of crime was different when Red Dog was created. The city of Atlanta had 37 public housing developments, homicides numbered well more than 200 per year (207 in 1987) and crack cocaine was still used and sold at epidemic levels. The APD has needed to change its crime-fighting tactics as crime has changed, Turner said. “Crime – and the drug trade in particular – has gotten more sophisticated, often moving indoors,” Turner said. “We, too, have gotten smarter, using technology and intelligence-driven analysis to strategize and shift resources as needed. But let me be clear: That does not mean there still isn’t a need for aggressive, street-level crime-fighting. There is.” Crime has dropped significantly since that time as well; homicides now number less than 100. Last year, there were 93 – only the third time since Lyndon B. Johnson was president that there have been fewer than four homicides in the city of Atlanta. more...

Week 3 COMPSTAT Report    1/21/2011

Attached is the 2011 Week 3 COMPSTAT crime report. more...

2010-2011 Crime Mapping Data Download    1/21/2011

Attached is the 2010 and 2011 crime mapping data download. more...

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT IN NORTHEAST ATLANTA    1/20/2011

The Atlanta Police Department is urging women in the northeast Atlanta area to be on alert following three sex crimes/burglaries in January that followed a similar pattern. Investigators have not definitively tied all three cases together, but there are similarities to raise concerns that they were committed by the same suspect and that he may strike again. The APD is temporarily withholding some details of the crimes in order to protect the identities of the victims and to preserve the integrity of the investigations. The crimes occurred between Jan. 1st and Jan. 19th on Lenox Road and Peachtree Park Drive. The perpetrator has been described as a black male with a thin build, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, dressed all in black. “We have seen an escalation in the crimes and are concerned it could reach an even higher level of violence,” said Maj. Keith Meadows, Major Crimes Commander for the Atlanta Police Department. “We don’t want to unnecessarily alarm the public, but we also need to make sure we get the word out so people – particularly women – can stay alert.” Atlanta Police urge women to be aware of their surroundings, to always lock windows and doors, and to report any suspicious people or activity to 911. Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call Atlanta Police or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477). more...

CROWDS ANTICIPATED AT MULTIPLE WEEKEND EVENTS IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA    1/13/2011

The Atlanta Police Department is prepared for a host of events coming to Downtown Atlanta and surrounding areas in the city expected to bring well in excess of 160,000 people this weekend.
While the department has a traffic plan in place, the APD is encouraging attendees to take MARTA, carpool or consider other transportation alternatives to reduce traffic congestion around the venues.
The events include the NFC Divisional Playoff Game featuring the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Saturday at 8 p.m., an Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena Saturday night at 7 p.m., King Week Festivities on Auburn Avenue, exhibitor shows at AmericasMart, the 49th Annual Atlanta Boat Show at the Georgia World Congress Center, multiple showings of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Fox Theater and several other events at the GWCC.
"I look forward to a fun and safe weekend in the City of Atlanta," said Mayor Kasim Reed. "These great events are part of what makes our city so exciting and the Capital of the Southeast."
“These are all fantastic events that we are more than proud to host in our city center,” said Atlanta Police Department Zone 5 Commander Maj. Khirus Williams. “But that many people in a concentrated area poses traffic flow concerns, so we certainly want to encourage people to be mindful of that – to build in plenty of travel time, and to be patient.”
Maj. Williams also took the opportunity to encourage attendees to be watchful for their personal safety and property. While police presence will be appropriate, particularly in conjunction with the APD’s private security partners, he urged visitors to the city to be mindful of their surroundings, and vigilant for suspicious activity. Officers will be on the alert for unruly behavior, panhandling and other quality-of-life issues to ensure visitors have a pleasant experience. more...

The City of Atlanta is shifting its focus to clean neighborhoods and side streets    1/13/2011

The City of Atlanta is shifting its focus to clean neighborhoods and side streets of the snow/ice left over from the snow storm that came in on Sunday night. We are asking the citizens of Atlanta to IMMEDIATELY remove their vehicle from the city streets (both legally parked/abandoned vehicles) so efforts can be made to clean the snow/ice off the roadway. The equipment being used is heavy equipment; if vehicles are left on the roadway they may become damaged as these trucks are attempting to clean the roadway. Those vehicles that were left abandoned by the owners who could not negotiate the snow/ice may result in the vehicle being towed from the roadway at the owner’s expense, excluding legally parked vehicles. more...

Week # 2 COMPSTAT Crime Report    1/13/2011

Click the more link below to view the 2011 week #2 COMPSTAT crime report.
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Week # 52 COMPSTAT Crime Report    12/29/2010

Attached it the week 52 COMPSTAT weekly crime report. Click the More link to download.
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Three arrested in connection with Virginia Higland murder, Grant Park rape and armed robbery    12/22/2010

Atlanta Police have charged three men with the murder of Charles Boyer on the night of Nov. 22nd during an armed robbery at 609 Virginia Ave. The men are being held at the Fulton County jail.

The men have also been charged with a rape and armed robbery that occurred a few hours later in connection with a home invasion on Boulevard in Grant Park.
The department’s Complex Case Squad has spent thousands of hours, working tirelessly over two holidays, to make the arrests. Investigators are looking at possible links to more than 20 crimes, including other home invasions and armed robberies.
Police are only releasing the name of one of the suspects, 18-year-old Tamario Wise, in order to maintain the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigations. Wise was taken into custody on Nov. 27th. He has already been charged with numerous crimes, including a Nov. 8th armed robbery and aggravated assault on a taxicab driver in southeast Atlanta, and a Nov. 27th home invasion and armed robbery in Benteen Park.

“These incidents shook our city, stoking fears even as actual crime numbers dropped,” said Police Chief George Turner.
“But we know that numbers matter not. Because even as we approach Christmas Day, when many of us gather to celebrate with family – we know there is a family today grieving the loss of a loved one, and many others whose lives have been forever changed because of the actions of these men.”
Chief Turner praised the work of the Complex Case Squad commanders, Maj. Keith Meadows and Lt. Paul Guerrucci, as well as its investigators – as well as officers in the field and members of Command Staff who have worked on the cases.
“Make no mistake,” Turner said. “We have removed some very dangerous criminals from the streets of Atlanta.”
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CRIME REDUCTION PLAN TARGETING PART 1 CRIMES    12/17/2010

On Friday December 17, 2010, the Atlanta Police Department will be conducting a targeted enforcement detail targeting Part 1 crime offenders. The detail will begin with roll call at 4:00 p.m. at Pittman Park 950 Garibaldi St. SW Atlanta, Ga. This will be day two of a large joint operation utilizing various APD resources and partner law enforcement agencies throughout the City. The detail will occur in areas that have been identified to have an increased occurrence of burglaries, auto thefts, and robberies. Units participating in the detail will include Red Dog, Vice, Targeted Enforcement, License and Permits, Financial Investigations, Homeland Security, Weed and Seed, Gun and Narcotics Units, as well as SWAT, Motorcycle units, the Fugitive Unit and Auto Theft Task Force. The Georgia State Patrol, Georgia State University P.D., Georgia Tech P.D., Atlanta University Center Police Agencies, and the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force are also working in this cooperative effort. The goal of this massive detail will be to assist the various zones in reducing Part 1 crimes, thereby improving the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the City of Atlanta. A mobile command post will be deployed at 950 Garibaldi St. where uniformed commanders will be available to provide sound opportunities for those media outlets present. more...

Missing Person Advisory    12/16/2010

Mr. Mcaskill is said to be mentally impaired and not taking his medications. He is reported missing from the Polk County Sheriff’s department in North Carolina. His vehicle was located in Gwinnett County. Mr.Mcaskills parents traced M/P to The Atlanta Airport. Anyone with information or has come in contact with this missing person please notify the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept @ 828-894-3001 or the parents of the missing person at 703-675-2884. If contact cannot be made with the above parties please notify the Atlanta Police Department Adult Missing Persons squad at 404-546-4235.

*Update Mr. Mcaskill has been found. 12/17/2010 more...

ATLANTA POLICE, STATE CORRECTIONS AND PAROLE TEAM UP TO REMOVE MORE THAN 100 FELONS FROM CITY STREET    12/15/2010

The Atlanta Police Department, in a joint partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, arrested 246 people in a one-week period in the city, beginning Dec. 7th.

This number includes more than 100 convicted felons who had violated the conditions of either their probation or parole. Atlanta police officers formed teams with officers around the state from the Department of Corrections and Board of Pardons and Parole, streamlining the process to identify those violators and take them into custody.

An additional 136 arrests were made by the teams throughout the city, deploying a variety of crime-fighting strategies targeting “hot spots.” The joint operation was designed to increase police presence and visibility throughout the city following a series of high-profile incidents.

The department has used a variety of means, including increased patrols, specific details, use of discretionary units – and partnerships such as this one – in response to the home invasions and robberies that occurred in mid-to-late November.

“The results of this partnership really speak for themselves,” said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. “To remove that many felons off of Atlanta’s streets through a cooperative effort is remarkable. We truly appreciate the state’s support in this important mission.”

“This joint operation was a great success,” said Department of Corrections’ Director of Probation Operations Stan Cooper. “The Department of Corrections was pleased to assist the Atlanta Police Department in its effort to boost public safety by increasing a law enforcement presence throughout the city,” added Cooper.
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Arrest Made in Bank Robbery    9/10/2010

On September 9, 2010 Atlanta Police arrested Thurnal Glover , B/M, DOB 08/29/1978 yesterday for the bank robbery that occurred at Suntrust Bank located at 3020 Peaachtree Rd. more...

Labor Day Weekend to Bring Thousands into City of Atlanta Venues    9/2/2010

The City of Atlanta will host a number of major events throughout Downtown , Midtown and Buckhead expected to draw as many as 300,000 celebrants over the Labor Day weekend, starting with Georgia State University’s inaugural football game tonight at the Georgia Dome. more...

APD Names Members of Newly Re-formed GLBT Advisory Board    8/31/2010

The Atlanta Police Department today announced the nine members of its Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered (GLBT) Advisory Board. The board will serve as a critical link between the APD and the GLBT community, assisting the department in better understanding its public safety needs. more...

2010 Justice Assistance Grant    6/22/2010

The Atlanta police Department has two programs for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, FY 2010 Local Solicitation. more...

Drug Arrest Map    5/28/2010

On May 21, 2010, the Atlanta Police Department, being committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Atlanta launched an additional service from our website. This new interactive service allows users to check narcotics arrests. The inquiry shows the type of arrest, date, race and gender of arrestee, address by block number, neighborhood and NPU. more...