The Facts About Crime in Atlanta

  1. Crime is decreasing in Buckhead

    In 2021, Zone 2 (Buckhead) saw an overall crime reduction of 7%.

  2. Buckhead is already the safest place in the city

    In 2021, Buckhead maintained it's status as the safest area in Atlanta, accounting for 11% of total violent crimes.

  3. Two smaller police forces will be inefficient

    • Crime knows no borders, and adding inter-departmental bureaucracy, and redundant job positions make officers jobs harder, not easier.

    • A new, small municipal department will require decades to acquire and effectively use the significant equipment, training, resources, and partnerships to fight crime that APD is already using to their advantage.

  4. APD is making significant efforts to address crime

    • A new precinct is opening soon in Buckhead’s West Village, this summer (24 officers). This precinct will focus on traffic issues, freeing up other officers to focus on crime fighting, and improving response times to calls for help.

    • Thanks to a realignment of APD's code enforcement and permitting departments, nightclubs will be a greater area of focus, driving down crime.

    • APD has expanded its aggravated assault unit, added a new domestic violence unit, a new bicycle unit, a repeat offenders section, and a crimes against property section.

    • In 2021, Atlanta City Council approved a new, state-of-the-art training facility, expected to open its first phase in Q4 of 2023. This model facility will improve APD's ability to train police officers in cutting-edge techniques, with the most effective equipment available, and with a focus on community engagement and neighborhood relations in partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

  5. Having Buckhead City municipal courts will not address court backlogs

    A new municipal court would handle city ordinance violations. This means that felonies and misdemeanors will not be prosecuted in Buckhead City, but will remain in Fulton County. It is no secret that the Fulton County District Attorney's Office is overloaded with work, and understaffed. While it might be safe to assume that a traffic violation will be handled swiftly, it is also safe to assume that a Buckhead City Municipal Court will not deter serious criminal activity.

  6. A new city will face the same nationwide officer shortage as APD 

    • Secession proponents claim they will hire 250 new officers. Our entire country is experiencing a well-documented national police shortage, so there’s no reason to believe that a new police force, in a highly controversial small municipality, will be able to attract the number or caliber of police officers that they promise.

    • With APD just next door, recruitment of officers for a new Buckhead City will be difficult. APD offers opportunity for professional growth through special units and task forces like K9, Air Unit, SWAT, Titan (formerly APEX) and others which small, municipal police departments typically cannot offer.

    • Living in the areas they serve is a priority for many in law enforcement. Based on their projected pay and stipend combined, Buckhead City Police Officers will have to work extra jobs to afford to live in the city where they work. The financial challenge will be compounded for families.
      Through community partnerships, and in conjunction with the Atlanta Police Foundation, APD helps secure subsidies for housing for many of its officers who work and want to live in Buckhead. Foundations, partnerships, and agreements that facilitate these subsidies are built on trust and many years of hard work. A new police department would not have this for its officers for quite some time.