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Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Police Department Deploy Additional Public Safety Resources in East Atlanta

Post Date:05/29/2013 4:00 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Sonji Jacobs, Director 
404-330-6558, office 
404-276-6866, cell 
sajacobs@atlantaga.gov

Anne Torres, Deputy Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/29/13

NEWS RELEASE

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Police Department Deploy Additional Public Safety Resources in East Atlanta

Investigations into homicides on Metropolitan Avenue and May Avenue continue

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Police Department announced today that additional public safety resources will be deployed in East Atlanta, Grant Park and several nearby neighborhoods following three robberies and two recent homicides. Specifically, the Atlanta Police Department has increased patrols and canvas efforts in Zones 5 and 6.

“My administration’s top priority is public safety,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “It troubles me deeply to hear of violent crime against people in our city’s neighborhoods. I especially wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Patrick Cotrona and the other victims. One murder in our city is one too many, and I plan to use all the resources available to me and the Atlanta Police Department to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice.”

APD has deployed the following additional resources:

• Increasing police foot patrol presence. APD will partner with law enforcement agencies including the Dekalb County Police Department to conduct joint details with safety checkpoints on the borders of Fulton and Dekalb Counties.

• Standing up mobile precincts with the department’s Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) for enhanced police presence in neighborhoods.

• Deploying the newly created Tactical Traffic Unit to bring an additional eight officers and a police sergeant into the area.

• Implementing the new Atlanta Proactive Enforcement Interdiction (A.P.E.X.) in Zone 6 to identify violent crime patterns utilizing analytical data.

• Increasing the presence of the Special Operations Section in Zone 6 to include Motors and Mounted Patrol.

• Working with community leaders and organizations to disseminate accurate information and solicit assistance in seeking additional information.

Since May 17, 2013, there have been three robberies, two homicides and one shooting in the East Atlanta area. No arrests have been made in the homicides that occurred separately on Metropolitan Avenue and May Avenue, but investigators continue to examine evidence to determine if the crimes are linked. The police department also is actively pursuing leads in the recent shooting at Grant Street and Georgia Avenue, in which the victim was shot in the face.

“The Atlanta Police Department takes these incidents seriously and will continue to work aggressively to solve them,” said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. “The additional resources we are deploying are part of our efforts to reduce violent crime in East Atlanta and throughout the city. We stand with the families of those whose lives have been needlessly cut short, and will work with the community to solve these crimes.”

Anyone with information about these or other crimes in the City of Atlanta is urged to call the police department’s anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 404-577-8477. Tips leading to arrests and indictments in the recent East Atlanta homicides could result in a cash reward of up to $25,000 to the person who provides the information.

Under the Reed Administration, the City of Atlanta has hired more than 800 police officers, invested in police technology and implemented community-oriented policing strategies. After a recent 50-year analysis of crime statistics, overall crime is down to levels not seen since 1972. In 2012, there were less 83 homicides in the city – the lowest since the 1960s.

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