The Atlanta Police Department graduated 25 new police officers in Zones 3 and 4 to join a current force of 1959 to support the decrease of crime on Atlanta streets.
"Now prepared, you are to be committed to what we need to do," Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said to the new recruits. "We are to make Atlanta the safest city within the nation and the world.""
Officer N. Ford, Zone 4, said, her 21-week police training was an "outstanding experience. It will place more officers on the street to be more visible in the community."
Fulton County Superior Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua gave the graduation address. She said, "You are the center of Mayor Kasim Reed's vision to bring technology to the city by bringing fresh eyes and taking the city to new heights."
Carole Smiley was very proud of her son's, Shawn Smiley, new position. She said, "He's focused. He has the character to be a good public servant. Also, his character is caring, fair, and firm."
The new recruits are needed in light of recent crime in the area, including the recent death and funeral of 911 dispatcher, Nikkita Thomas, killed Sunday, October 2, after being carjacked from her resident. Her boyfriend was shot and killed, also. She is survived by her 13 year-old son who was a passenger in the car.
Currently, no suspects have been found. If you have any information to this tragic incident, please contact crime stoppers at (404) 577-TIPS.