Friday, January 4, 2013
APD Zone 4 Commander and NPU-T residents discuss how to stop juveniles from committing crimes in the neighborhood.
Residents who attended the latest NPU-T neighborhood meeting questioned the Zone 4 Commander and asked for clarity on the APD's plan to cut down on the amount of crime juveniles and young adults are committing in our Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods. Major Bryant explained to the group that juvenile crime and truancy were one of the major concerns that the department is trying to fix. He detailed the various things that his Zone does, but also informed everybody of the joint operations that Truancy Officers run on a monthly basis.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Many residents are still bothered by the murder that occurred on Beecher near Cascade.
The video above was shot at a NPU-T neighborhood meeting, where residents tried to get clarity on the whether a suspect had been captured for the murder of a young man on Beecher. The Zone 4 Commander could not go into details because the case was still active, but did say that a suspect has been identified. He also told the group, that the incident was not a random shooting. Concerned residents also questioned the Commander about new technologies to help residents and police officers to respond to gun shots in the area. Residents are urged to call APD whenever they hear gunshots, even though they may not know exactly where they are from. The Atlanta Police Department is actively looking at new technologies that will be able to help …
Zone 4 Commander wants residents to, "be seen."
Zone 4 Commander, Rodney Bryant, was asked during the latest NPU-T meeting for residents in the Westview, West End, and Beecher Hills community, about what residents can do to help the APD efforts in our neighborhoods. In the video, Major Bryant expresses that one of the best things to do is to just, "be seen." He says that criminals generally do not want to be seen, and if they know you are watching they are less likely to act. Bryant said that he is constantly looking through his blinds at home and that he also knows his neighbors. Knowing your neighbors can greatly help because, you start to know who should and should not be around their house. For example, if an elderly woman lives in the house across the street, you probably should…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Major Bryant reports a 10% decrease in crime in 2012.
Major Rodney Bryant, Zone 4 Commander, reported to West End neighbors that the overall crime was down in Zone 4 for the year 2012 compared to 2011. Bryant admits that in the West End's specific portion of Zone 4, larceny crime was slightly up. He also reiterated that the best way to reduce crime on a street or neighborhood is to have an "open and lively partnership" with the police officers working that beat.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Major Quiller, briefs NPU-T residents on the latest crime data in the Zone 1 area.
Zone 1 Commander reports that crime continues to be down month to month compared to last year, but more needs to be done in regards to burglaries around the Atlanta University Center and West End area. Major Quiller says that they have stepped up patrols within and around the Atlanta University Center. He wants to go a step further and put an actual AUC police officer in the patrol car with an APD officer 7 days a week to help patrol the area. During a later portion of the NPU-T meeting, Major Quiller reinforced that the best thing for students and people in the area to do to NOT become a victim of the type of theft they are seeing, is to not wear their nice headphones while walking through the neighborhood nor showcase that they have a …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Organizers say they are, "concerned with the rise in violent crime in specific areas, as well as the possibility that our communities as a whole are being portrayed as unsafe."
Part of the aftermath of last week's shooting death of a young male on Beecher and Cascade Avenue, has been that community representatives from NPU-T have had enough of what they see as false reporting from the major TV news stations. Clairborne White, the newly elected President of NPU-T is organizing a press conference at the site of the recent murder to begin a discussion with the news media about our neighborhoods and the individualism each of our neighborhoods display. White feels that too many times, the news media lumps all crime into coming from SW Atlanta instead of stating the actual neighborhood the crime was committed. "In other parts of the city, they (TV news crews) say so and so was killed in Grant Park, or Midtown, or in …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Businessman Terry Porter was murdered outside his home on South Gordon, Police still need your help in solving the case.
Zone 4 Commander Rodney Bryant, briefed NPU-T neighbors about the 2 recent murders that both occurred on S. Gordon Street in Southwest Atlanta. Late last week the Atlanta Police Department released video of a person of interest. The person was seen on camera driving in the victims stolen SUV, but the vehicle was discovered abandoned at a Midtown apartment complex just days later. Officer Bryant tried to calm questions from residents in the area about whether the 2 crimes on South Gordon were related at all. Bryant said that at this time there is no evidence that would show that the 2 were related, and in fact the one of the crimes (not the murder crime of Terry Porter) was committed by a family member and they have a warrant for the …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
NPU-T holds its neighborhood meeting on the second Wednesday of every month.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Nia Knowles
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Greetings Community! I hope this will find you all well. I have been praying, and like many of you- working hard for the restoration of our communities and safe neighborhoods. As with anything, the more we pray and work the more we are met with additional challenges. During the past few weeks NPU-T and other Southwest neighborhoods have experienced an increase in crime. These crimes have lead to the loss of great people working on our behalf. Please join us as we persevere, as a community, to obtain information from our Police Department and other community servants of how we can continue to be safe. Zone 1 & 4 will also have updates on the recent activity. Council-member Cleta Winslow will be present and provide information from her…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
4 Morehouse students were kidnapped and armed robbed in 2010.
Steven Jones, Zone 1 Community Prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney, spoke to neighbors at the September NPU-T meeting about a conviction in the kidnapping case of 4 Morehouse students. In the video above, Mr. Jones talks about how he and his team were able to get a serious conviction against the perpetrators that kidnapped 4 Morehouse students in April of 2010. These individuals threw the students into the trunk and forcefully used a gun to make the students withdraw money from various ATMs. The criminals were caught, found guilty and just convicted last week. In addition, Assistant DA Jones, informed the community that he is holding an Advisory Board Meeting on October 25th in his office at 5:30pm. District Attorney Howard will …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Zone 1 APD spokesperson says burglaries skyrocketed in July.
Over a dozen NPU-T neighbors gathered at August's monthly neighborhood meeting, and were told by Lt. Charles from Zone 1 that burglaries were up for the month of July. Compared to last year, the number nearly doubled. The officer expressed that he was surprised by the numbers because the rest of the summer the numbers were down. The summer months are routinely high crime months because so many juveniles are out from school and not under supervision. Since May Zone 1 and Zone 4 made efforts to crack down on juvenile crime, and up until the month of July it worked. It is important to note, as Lt. Charles does in the video, that most of these burglaries were not "home invasions", or even items stolen from peoples homes. The majority of …