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Atlanta Police Department’s new Graffiti Abatement Officer Named
Officer Brad Etterle has been named the Atlanta Police Department’s new Graffiti Abatement Officer. As the Graffiti Abatement Officer, Officer Etterle will represent the enforcement arm of the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force.
The Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force has identified graffiti as a quality of life issue that threatens the beauty of our communities. The task force strives to protect both public and private property from vandalism and preserving owners’ right to properly maintain their properties.
Officer Etterle replaces Office Ari Bleifeld, who was instrumental in APD seeking to aggressively target graffiti vandals. Last fall, Bleifeld arrested seven repeat graffiti vandals after months of investigation. Six of them have been convicted on city charges in Atlanta Municipal Court, while a seventh awaits adjudication of his case. Officer Bleifeld was promoted to the rank of Investigator and has been assigned to the APD’s APEX Unit, which specializes in identifying and targeting violent crime trends throughout the city.
“Officer Bleifeld has done a great job sending the message that we will not tolerate vandals who deface public or private property,” Police Chief George Turner said. “Under Officer Etterle and the continued work of the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force and the APD’s Community Oriented Policing Section, we will continue to aggressively identify and apprehend those who choose to violate our graffiti laws.”
Officer Etterle began his career with the Atlanta Police Department in December 2008. He was assigned to morning watch in Zone 1. In Jan. 2011, he was assigned to the Community Liaison Unit. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and is currently working towards completing a Master of Business Administration.
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With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 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.
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