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Atlanta Police Department Applauds Guilty Pleas in Graffiti Vandal Cases
Two graffiti vandals arrested last year by the Atlanta Police Department have pleaded guilty in Atlanta Municipal Court this week, capping months of hard work and investigation by the APD’s Graffiti Abatement Officer Ari Bleifeld.
“These pleas send a clear signal to those who choose to deface public and private property that there are consequences for their actions,” said Deputy Chief Renee Propes, commander of the APD’s Community Services Division. “Graffiti is a blight on our communities, allowing the perception of an un-policed and un-caring city – which we know is not the case. The Atlanta Police Department is pleased to be part of the effort to clean up our city.”
Christopher Erik Smith, 29, AKA “Vomet” of northeast Atlanta, was sentenced to six months probation, a $500 fine (plus court costs), $3,550 in restitution and 50 hours of community service to be performed in the Old Fourth Ward community. He had been charged with four counts of violating the city ordinance on graffiti abatement.
Douglas Grantham Jones, 19, AKA “Beav” of northeast Atlanta, was sentenced to six months probation, a $300 fine (plus court costs) and $5,650 in restitution. He had been charged with four counts of violating the city ordinance on graffiti abatement and destruction of property.
The Atlanta Police Department serves as the enforcement arm of the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force. The task force is a multi-agency effort at identifying and cleaning up graffiti, and pursing the offenders. Officer Bleifeld was the first officer to serve in the position for the APD.
A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community-oriented policing philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the perception of crime in Atlanta.
With an authorized strength of more than 1,959 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.
The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.