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Published on May 26th, 2016 |


Zone 2 public forum June 2 addresses neighborhood crimes, APD force

If you have heard the recent TV reports that the Atlanta Police Department only has 800 officers on the street to respond to 911 calls 24 hours a day, don’t believe it. The number of patrol officers is much lower, according to one Atlanta City Councilwoman.

After fielding a recent rising number of neighborhood reports of robberies of joggers, drivers and people just sitting on their front porches, along with other crimes, Dist. 9 City Councilwoman

City Councilwoman Felicia Moore reacts to recent crime reports by hosting Zone 2 public meeting.

City Councilwoman Felicia Moore reacts to recent crime reports by hosting Zone 2 public meeting.

Felicia Moore is hosting a Zone 2 public safety meeting in Buckhead on June 2 at 7 p.m.

The meeting, to be held in the sanctuary of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane NW (off Moores Mill Road between Northside Parkway and Howell Mill Road) is for residents to address the recent crime activity and get a clear picture of Atlanta Police force levels.

Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane, Field Operations Division Commander, and Zone 2 Commander Major Van Hobbs will be in attendance to share their efforts and address resident questions & concerns—maybe even share accurate manpower numbers.

While Atlanta residents often hear the Atlanta Police Department has a force level of 2,000 authorized personnel, recent TV reports have pointed to a patrol force of only 800 officers. But even that is somewhat misleading, according to Councilwoman Moore.

Moore told BuckheadView Thursday that number of 800 officers on the street includes counting sergeants and other command type staff that would not normally be patrolling the streets in police cars.

Moore said the real number is 641 patrol officers to cover the entire city—that includes six police zones, three shifts per zone and 78 police beats throughout the city.

“That is how many respond to 911 calls,” Moore told BuckheadView. “That is where the rubber meets the road so to speak.”

Moore also told BuckheadView, “That is the only group of police officers that we (City Council) have not given a pay raise to.”

If we do the math, take 641 and divide it by six police zones (although each zone does not get the same number of officers). That would give us 107 patrol officers per zone. Now divide that by three shifts (although each shift would not necessarily have the same number of officers assigned). That gives us 36 patrol officers per shift, per zone (not allowing for illness, etc.)

Another way to look at it would be: There are 78 beats throughout the city. Divide the 641 by three shifts and that yields 214 patrol officers available per shift. Divide the 214 by 78 and you get approximately 2.7 patrol officers available per shift, per each beat in the city.

The APD has had trouble reaching, much less maintaining, the allocated force strength of over 2,000 ewmployees–largely due to competition from surrounding cities as well as attrition. APD continues to hold recruiting classes, but has found in the past that many who complete the training end up being hired elsewhere.

That sure seems worthy of some good questions from the audience at the June 2 public safety meeting. Email questions in advance to Dustin Hillis at He can also provide crime stats specific to your neighborhood upon request.

For more information, call Felicia Moore’s office at 404.330.6044 or contact her on Facebook at Felicia A. Moore.

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