Atlanta Public Safety
While crime is down 27 percent in metro Atlanta since 2009, we must continue to be vigilant in increasing Atlanta’s police force through aggressive recruiting. We must also provide state-of-the-art tools for our police to more effectively do their jobs. My focus will be to increase license plate readers and cameras, and fund upgraded technology to monitor those devices through community and business partnerships. I plan to push for:
- A committee to evaluate current Atlanta Police Department structure and processes
- Higher pay being in line with comparable cities, which will promote high-quality officers who are invested in the city and will stay long term
- Re-evaluation of training at the Police Academy to ensure Atlanta is a model for best training
As a long-time advocate of affordable housing, it is also important to ensure that a variety of housing options are available within District 6 and metro Atlanta to encourage public safety providers to live in our communities.
Finally, I will work with the police and community associations to increase the education of citizens around public safety. Periodic community meetings will advise our residents on best practices to increase overall safety and decrease opportunities for crime.