As your Council President, I am making major strides in the area of public safety, like creating a comprehensive Community Policing Training and Preparedness Program that requires new recruits to be assigned to foot patrol duty throughout the community. I've put stricter penalties in place for businesses who knowingly sale illegal drugs on their property. With the help of community groups, I have started a citywide “Slow Down” campaign encouraging drivers to follow residential speed limits. I also work to collaborate with the city’s unions to provide annual salary increases for sworn officers, which includes bonuses for educational achievements and bilingual speaking officers.
We must be more strategic in our approach to fighting crime. I will increase public safety in the city by providing innovative solutions that focus on the root causes of crime and link those solutions to education, prevention, job creation, rehabilitation, community partnerships.
Strong relationships of mutual trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve are critical to maintaining public safety and ensuring efficiency in policing. We must provide more opportunities for our law enforcement officers to move beyond their offices and squad cars to engage in meaningful conversation with the community.
In order to effectively fight crime, we must ensure that the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our safety have all the resources necessary to protect and serve our community effectively.
Currently, the Atlanta Police Foundation plans to install a total of 12,000 cameras at various locations throughout the city. These cameras will interact with the Atlanta Police Department’s Video Integration Center to strengthen the police department’s capability to surveillance and prevent and solve crime.
To truly prevent crime, we must take a more strategic approach to get to the root causes and offer real solutions that focus on prevention, education, job and opportunity creation, rehabilitation and community partnerships.