(ATLANTA, Ga.) In efforts to increase public safety and reduce concerns surrounding rising crime in Atlanta, Mayor Andre Dickens joined Atlanta Police Department (APD) Chief Rodney Bryant, APD leadership and community partners to unveil a new Zone 2 precinct in One Buckhead Plaza.
“Public Safety is a top priority for this administration,” said Mayor Andre Dickens. “It is important that everyone in our city feels a sense of security as our police continue to combat crime wherever it exists.”
The creation of the West Village precinct is a collaboration between the Dickens Administration, APD, Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) and Cousins Properties.
Buckhead Coalition and BCID are contributing $150,000 for the buildout of the space. APD will equip and operate the precinct, aiming to staff the location with 24 officers by the summer of 2022.
All leaders have created a goal to staff the precinct with 24 officers eventually. For now, the new precinct is working with beat officers and pushing for efficiency with response to local crimes.
“Adding a new precinct on the west side of Buckhead will be a tremendous asset in Zone 2,” said Major Andrew Senzer, APD Zone 2 Commander. “A high percentage of our calls are related to traffic incidents. Having a group of officers dedicated to that work will make it more efficient and will ensure we have ample resources to devote to other important law enforcement matters.”
President and CEO of Buckhead Coalition and executive director of BCID, Jim Durrett spoke on the amount of work that’s been done over the past years to enhance the safety of residents and visitors in the area. “There’s still a long way to go, but it’s clear that city leaders have heard Buckhead’s concerns and are working to address them,” he said.
This new safety measure comes at a time where leaders in Buckhead are pushing to have the area operate as its own city, separate from Atlanta. There haven’t been any reports on how the new precinct will impact leaders’ decisions but it is something to watch.