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A Top-Notch Brookhaven Police Department

Brookhaven Mayor candidate Sandy Murray blogs about the importance of a top-notch police department for the new city.

One of the most important things that we can do in creating the new city of Brookhaven is to ensure that we have a highly-professional and competent police department. Our primary law enforcement agency should be the envy of Atlanta and our police officers should be paid accordingly. Here are five priorities that we should consider in setting up our new police force:

1. We must increase the number of police on patrol to at least 9 officers at all times to reduce crime in our neighborhoods. Decreasing crime is the number one goal for our police department.

2. We must staff our police department starting at the national standard of 2 police officers per 1,000 people in our city population. Only by starting at this baseline will we ensure adequate resources to protect our communities.

3. Our city council should decide on a number of police officers to be hired based on the recommendations of our new police chief and city manager. The Governor’s Commission will begin the process to search for candidates to fill both positions, so we will be ready to start hiring as soon as the new city is formed on December 17th.

4. We will contract out services for everything above basic patrol. For example, contracted services should include SWAT, Gang and Drug Units and K-9 Squad. These contracts should be negotiated with whichever organization our city decides offers us the best results at the best price.

5. We must negotiate a smooth and transparent transition from a DeKalb County Police presence to one administered by our new Brookhaven Police Department. Anyone looking to exploit this transition should know that doing so would be a foolhardy endeavor.

I hope to continue a dialogue about our new police department with the citizens of Brookhaven through Election Day. As I’ve said repeatedly, our police department should be the envy of Atlanta and our communities should benefit by being some of the safest. Proper planning and resource allocation will make the our police force the best.

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patrick October 01, 2012 at 10:02 PM
You are 100 percent right,
patrick October 01, 2012 at 10:12 PM
That is the reason to elect J Max DAVIS mayor,He not the three time democrat Loser will not run the city over the cliff before it is Even started.
patrick October 01, 2012 at 10:17 PM
You are right.
ATL LEO November 20, 2012 at 09:15 AM
I'm a 15 year Metro Atlanta LEO (I will not identify my agency) and after reading the posts in this thread I've made a decision that I am going to stay at my agency and not apply with your city. I know you all are voicing opinions but as a SME, some of the posts here, frighten me. To give some idea as to my background I worked as a patrol officer, detective, detective supervisor, uniform supervisor and now uniform manager. I also serve on a SWAT team as an operator and supervisor. It appears that there has been great discussion about contracting specialized units such as SWAT. Lets take a look at SWAT. The NTOA (National Tactical Officers Association) uses an hour as a bench mark for the activation of a SWAT team to arriving on scene. Do you wish to farm this out to another agency that may be using their own team at the time that your barricaded suspect or hostage rescue needs to be executed. Regarding the post one made about recycling used vehicles from another agency. The national standard is that vehicles are switched out every 80K miles. Police cars are run 24/7 and frankly are ragged out when it's time to take them off of the street. One of the greatest morale issue that I had to address was officers in ragged out vehicles. These officers were willing to work with lesser pay then others but they wanted and deserved a decent car. As one who drives a police car every day trust me, a decent car is one thing that we LEO's look forward to. Just a thought.
"E Pluribus Unum" November 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Thank you ATL LEO...for your service to our community and your thoughtful perspectives.

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