On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms released the “One Atlanta: One APD” Immediate Action Plan to address violent crime in the city.

According to the Mayor’s 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. Additional “One Atlanta: One APD” plans and actions will be released in the coming weeks and months, including potential actions related to addressing the fundamental causes of violence through violence interruption programs and gun violence legislation.

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

As laid out by the mayor during recent press briefings, the City of Atlanta has developed a series of actions to address violent crime. The immediate actions to be implemented include:

    • 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.
Atlanta Police officers in full riot gear stand guard at the corner of Pryor and University Avenues during a protest on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen)

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