Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs
226 Peachtree Street SW • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Visitors urged to prepare for large crowds expected in the city of this weekend and the week of July 15th
The Atlanta Police Department would like to urge residents and visitors to the city center this weekend and during the week of July 15, 2012, to be mindful of several major cultural, sporting and convention events. We encourage residents and visitors to stay safe and prepare accordingly for expected traffic and crowds.
Thousands of visitors are expected to Downtown and Midtown Atlanta from Thursday, July 12, 2012, thru Friday, July 20, 2012. The city will play host to the National Black Arts Festival, the BB&T Atlanta Open, the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market and the Microsoft Convention. Large crowds can be expected at Centennial Olympic Park and the Downtown /Midtown corridors.
The event, location and days:
Atlanta International Gift & Home AmericasMart Thursday – Wednesday
National Black Arts Festival Centennial Olympic Park Friday – Sunday
BB&T Atlanta Open Atlantic Station Saturday – Thursday
MGX Convention Georgia World Congress Center Sunday – Friday
The Atlanta Police Department will have plenty of on and off-duty personnel available to assist with traffic and security issues.
The APD urges visitors to utilize MARTA or carpool when possible to minimize impact on traffic, to always be mindful of their surroundings, walk in groups and avoid isolated areas whenever possible. Event attendees are also reminded to park in well-lighted, established parking lots if they must drive. The Atlanta Police Department reminds visitors of the city’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign: Report any suspicious persons or activity by calling 911, or alerting an officer. In addition, as part of Atlanta Police Department’s “Clean Car Campaign” leave items of value at home or take them with you, but do not leave them in your car.
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.