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Atlanta Mayor Announces Plan To Address Spike In Crime

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Lays Out New Criminal Justice Plan

Atlanta – Mayor Keisha Bottoms released “One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan to “address crime and the systemic issues that lead to violence,” Monday, January 4th.

According to a press release issued by Bottoms’ office, the plan is the first part of a broader effort focused on bolstering support for the Atlanta Police Department and reforming policing in the city.

“The spike in violent crime in Atlanta and across the country must be addressed by both immediate and long-term actions,” Bottoms said in the press release. “The One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan will address crime, and also the systemic issues that lead to violence.”

The mayor’s plan of action includes:

  • Expand enforcement of nuisance properties.
  • Focus additional resources and increase targeted enforcement on gangs and gun violence.
  • Expand the Operation Shield camera network.
  • Support neighborhood safety planning.
  • Continue to focus on disrupting street racing and auto crimes.
  • Explore a new Public Safety Training Academy.
  • Improve APD recruiting and retention.

You can view the full action plan below

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Lays Out New Criminal Justice Plan by BLACK WESTCHESTER on Scribd

According to 11 Alive, homicides in Atlanta are up 48 percent since 2019 and “aggravated assaults are up 14 percent, while rapes, robberies and burglaries are down, overall.”

Last December, City Council President Felicia Moore said she had never seen so much crime in Atlanta, “In every part of the city, and citizens are a bit weary… I’m just seeing that citizens are shaken by the numbers of violent incidents that are taking place.”

After Bottoms rolled out her plan, Councilman J.P. Matzigkeit said, “I’d said that we’re at war with crime, and we need to start acting like it. And this plan really put a focus on it and is a very comprehensive plan.”

Bottoms also issued an administrative order directing an advisory council to explore recommendations for a new Public Safety Training facility and another related to APD recruiting and retention.

The plan comes as crime has skyrocketed in the city, including homicides, gun-related crime, assaults, car thefts, and street racing.

Bottoms is also cracking down on bars and clubs that refuse to obey COVID-19 restrictions, noting, “To all of our bar and nightclub owners, we’re putting you on notice today.”

If owners do not abide by capacity limits, their businesses will quickly be shut down by the city. 

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