Crime Down in Zone 2 for 2010
Auto thefts show increase
Crime was down 5 percent for 2010 in Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, Zone 2 Commander Robert L. Browning told NPU-B this week.
Browning said crime was down in every category, except for auto thefts.
Despite a spike in burglaries early in the year, Zone 2 finished 2010 down 1 percent in the category. "We were able to do a few things, recoup a few things," he said.
Before the meeting, Browning told Buckhead Patch that Zone 2 had three murders during the year.
"We're still doing very well in Zone 2," Browning said. "If you see anything that you think is out of place, call 911."
Browning introduced Alice Johnson, the new community affairs representative for Police Chief George Turner.
"My marching orders are to build partnerships with communities," she said. A community policing unit is being formed, she added.
Browning also told the NPU "the beat redistricting is still on the table, but it's not going to move forward until we have people trained."
He said the redesign, under which Zone 2 would pick up two beats from the Morningside and Cheshire Bridge Road area, would likely not occur until June or July "if we can get folks out of the academy and get them trained and up here."
Turner's plan would add 12 beats to the city, with 60 more officers needing to be trained at the city police academy before it can be implemented, he said.
In response to a question from the audience about whether tickets have been issued for drivers text-messaging while behind the wheel, he said, "we've done some, but it's hard to catch them and prove that's what they're doing."