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Atlanta Police and Georgia Tech Police Unveil Joint Patrol Car in Unique Crime-Fighting Partnership
The Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Institute of Technology are pleased to announce a unique corporate and community partnership resulting in the unveiling of a car that is conducting joint patrols of the campus, as well as surrounding neighborhoods and commercial districts.
On July 9th, the APD and Georgia Tech proudly show off the 2011 Dodge Charger Enforcer II, a new, high-tech police cruiser that will be used every night in joint patrols of Home Park, Atlantic Station, Georgia Tech and Midtown by an Atlanta Police Department and Georgia Tech Police Department officer riding together.
The $37,000 cruiser was made possible by generous donations and a corporate-community partnership of the Midtown Alliance (and its Midtown Blue public safety program), North American Properties (managers of Atlantic Station) the Home Park Community Improvement Association, and the Atlanta Police Foundation. The Atlanta Police Foundation was instrumental in facilitating the donation. The gunmetal gray car with distinctive lettering (red for Atlanta Police and gold for Georgia Tech) will be used nightly for proactive, community policing and crime-fighting purposes.
“This car’s distinctive look and high visibility will ensure that students, business owners and residents alike can rest assured that the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia Tech Police Department are true partners in preventing crime,” said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. “These kinds of partnerships are at the heart of the APD’s mission statement of partnering with our community to reduce crime and improve the quality of life.”
“We appreciate the work of the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Tech Police Department in ensuring the safety of the Home Park community and surrounding areas,” said Kathy Boehmer, public safety chair of the Home Park Civic Improvement Association. “We’re happy to support this effort, as we know the joint patrol car will add greatly to our sense of security.”
"We are pleased that our recent collaboration with Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Police Department has resulted in an enhanced public safety 'vehicle' for our community,” said Mark Toro, managing partner for North American Properties - Atlanta. “Atlantic Station and Georgia Tech are happy to be able to help improve the quality of life for our common neighbor, Home Park, and look forward to continued collaborative efforts in the future."
“The cooperation and involvement of the entire Georgia Tech community - combined with partnerships between public safety organizations, other universities, businesses, and the surrounding area - remain essential ingredients in creating and maintaining a safe community for everyone,” said Georgia Tech Police Chief Teresa Crocker.
Added Kevin Green, President and CEO, Midtown Alliance:
“This joint patrol is another example of innovation to ensure continued public safety in the Midtown area. This is a unique partnership with Georgia Tech and APD and Midtown Alliance is proud to be a part of it.”
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 fight against crime in Atlanta.
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.
The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.