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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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TomMiller September 26, 2012 at 01:11 AM
15k all day long for 2 yr old interceptors.
Brookhaven Maven September 26, 2012 at 02:27 AM
To Eric Hovdesven @ 11:50am -- To your point # 1 --- If the officer had responsibility for both Blackburn Park AND Murphey Candler Park AND the PATH trail all the way to Keswick AND the YMCA pedestrian crossing AND the Blackburn / McDonalds pedestrian crossing AND the YMCA / Concorde Fire soccer fields AND directing traffic at the Harts Mill / Marist entry intersection, then there would be plenty for him / her to do. If not, he / she could circulate in the Murphey Candler residential neighborhood and so some community policing / outreach. After all, THEY are the ones who drove the creation of this city, so they probably expect a little extra as a result. Path says no motorized vehicles allowed. Wonder if that applies to BHPD electric golf carts. I know you would probably want them to operate on solar power, which would be fine with me. Hang a dirt bike off the back of that sucker, to get back into the woods around Murphey Candler Lake, and s/he would be all set. Tagline -- Brookhaven: Making the best of a bad situation. -- The Maven
Brookhaven Maven September 26, 2012 at 02:40 AM
To Nonsense @ 10:42am -- You are double counting the Smyrna police force. They have 20 full and part-time jail employees, 19 full and part-time communications officers and 10 administrative staff --- in addition to their 92 sworn officers. Tagline -- Brookhaven: We can't agree on anything! -- The Maven
Brookhaven Maven September 26, 2012 at 03:22 AM
From the Governor's Commission web site(http://brookhavencommission.com/wordpress/) Police Committee meeting --- posted on 25/09/2012 23:36:32 http://brookhavencommission.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/PUBLIC_NOTICE_Special_Called_Meeting_Police-Committee_Sept26_2012.pdf Meeting will convene at 8:00pm Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Kinda late notice, but better late than never! Tag Line -- Brookhaven: Give us a break. We’re new at this! -- The Maven
Eddie E. September 26, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Maven, OR 'Brokehaven, if you knew what we were doing, you would just get in our way'.
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The traffic officers for Marist and for the Y are working off the clock and paid by Marist or the Y. If that's not the case please let me know because that would be a huge problem. Heck I already get bothered when some of the officers to heavily favor the folks leaving Marist and thus unnecessarily back up Ashford Dunwoody.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Eric... Pity you sitting in traffic as the Y and Marist children and parents leave. As always, your self absorption is defining.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Tag line...I'm Eric and I'm too important to be sitting in traffic.
HamBurger September 26, 2012 at 04:49 PM
“Heck I already get bothered when some of the officers to heavily favor the folks leaving Marist and thus unnecessarily back up Ashford Dunwoody.” Mr. Eric, that is because these off duty officers are working for Marist. You wait until Brookhaven has its own officers and you will find yourself complaining about the fundraising they do. You might want to party at home! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 04:53 PM
EPU are you serious? That's your take away? geez.
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Going a little overboard aren't you?
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Well apparently HamBurger I'm too self absorbed because I have a problem with private entities buying preferential treatment on taxpayer funded Right of Ways, at least that's EPU's take. I swear sometimes people here just make me wonder about how our society functions.
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Sure HamBurger but dishonest folks exist everywhere, its just an unfortunate part of life.
HamBurger September 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Mr. Eric, that is OK, I accept you for what you are . . . Special hamburger and a Cheerwine? (By the way folks, thank you for all the Cheerwine purchases, I enjoy the royalty checks!)
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
That's all I can ask Mr. HamBurger. Certainly I'm no closer to perfect than others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1kEKwCA9bc
"E Pluribus Unum" September 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Not at all...go back and look closely at your statement. YOU are inconvenienced for sitting in traffic that YOU think is caused by off duty police officers favoring the folks coming out of the Y and Marist? Eric, there is heavy traffic in both directions on ADW regardless. You would be sitting in traffic if no officers were directing the traffic flow. I would even suggest the traffic congestion would be worse without their assistance. Having observed the professionalism of the officers directing traffic at both the Y and Marist...hats off to them for their fine work. I am also grateful for both organizations paying for the professional to mitigate serious safety concerns if left unattended. Finally, are you just as "bothered" sitting in traffic when off duty officers are directing traffic out of church services and funerals? Eric, I just called your hand on it. Please don't feign indignation because your now embarrassed. You're smarter and more self than that.
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
EPU my point was that I have a problem with private entities buying preferential treatment on taxpayer funded Right of Ways - at least HamBurger picked up on that hardly novel thought. And by saying "unnecessarily" and "some of the officers" I wasn't talking about all the private officers, yes most do it very well. I was talking about the times some of the folks heavily favor their employer's traffic over the general public. OK lets look "closely" at my statement, here is what I wrote: "The traffic officers for Marist and for the Y are working off the clock and paid by Marist or the Y. If that's not the case please let me know because that would be a huge problem. Heck I already get bothered when some of the officers to heavily favor the folks leaving Marist and thus unnecessarily back up Ashford Dunwoody." And of course they aren't the cause of rush hour traffic on Ashford Dunwoody. Though since Marist has a traffic light how does putting an officer there add to safety? Fine maybe I didn't make my concern clear, but even after providing that clarification you go off on another rant. Funerals and Church Services?????? You're worse than Rush or Sean.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Than make your point without the world revolving around your convenience or inconvenience. Who cares if you are bothered or not waiting for children, parents or senior citizens leaving school, childcare, or a class at the Y. What are you saying...these facilities shouldn't be there? IMHO, the entire community benefits from a higher quality of life by having the Y and Marist where they are. You often talk about the ideal community...many good thoughts. But Eric, you can't have it both ways. Improving quality of life with exceptional schools and family centered activities also means additional traffic at certain times. As to traffic being unnecessarily backed up do because off duty police officers doing their duty? I don't accept that. As I said, I have observed on many occasions these officers doing their fine work. In my opinion, they help to alleviate traffic flow. I also disagree that they are favoring the Y or Marist folks over others. They are helping folks in all directions.They are Next, you have heavy traffic patterns both ways on ADW that has nothing to do with the Y and Marist. Heck, the intersection at ADW and Johnson Ferry is a goat rodeo. Finally, this notion about private entities negatively impacting public ROWs? That is a common and accepted practice that goes way beyond ADW, the Y and Marist. It happens in so many other instances: funerals, church services, fun-runs, neighborhood events, etc. Why all of a sudden question this?
"E Pluribus Unum" September 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Eric, if this is a hot button issue with you, address it more broadly. Look at all the other instances it is occurring. What options do you propose. No traffic enforcement and recreate even bigger goat rodeos than ADW and JFR? Mayhem? Staff up already understaffed police departments and let tax payers cover? Don't increase staff and reduce police services in other areas? What do you propose?
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
First I never complained about the officers directing traffic at the Y Soccer Fields, my limited experience indicates they have all done a good job. Granted there are a lot less cares leaving the Y soccer fields, and they don't have a traffic light. I also didn't complain about the Y facility, though I've never encountered an officer there. But EPU I apologize for saying "Heck I already get bothered when some of the officers too heavily favor the folks leaving Marist and thus unnecessarily back up Ashford Dunwoody" Especially since it was a silly throw away line tacked on to my comment that we weren't paying for these private officers (nor do I think we should because then the list of entities wanting the service would go on forever). And fair enough I shouldn't have tried to personalize the general point that some sort of oversight may be needed to assure that private entities do not negatively impact public ROWs by too heavily favoring their employers, even if most of the private officers do the job well. I don't see anywhere where I advocated for Marist to leave. And as noted I made no complaint about the YMCA. And I never said boo about Senior Citizens.
Mike September 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
It gets more complicated after the "VOTE YES" signs go away and the "Romney" signs go up. All I saw were bunch of sheep following each other over the cliff.... the rush to a Utopian City Hood. Maybe we all will be taxed in other ways...with revenue generating speed traps on every road and street in Brookhaven to pay for our new police force. Working in Sandy Springs I see it at the end of every month on Roswell road when they ramp up "enforcement" ....I mean "revenue".
"E Pluribus Unum" September 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Eric...fair enough. I appreciate the clarification. And yes, the Y was not part of your original comments. I inappropriately connected their situation with Marist. The senior citizen connection is with the Y. BTW, if you have never tried the senior citizen "water exercise" class at the Y, join me sometime. I had the pleasure of joining that fun group sometime back due to a physical rehab routine. I join them every so often now. It is wonderful, inspiring group as well as a humbling experience at the same time.
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Sorry EPU I didn't see this when I posted above, though I believe I answered it somewhat. Its not a concern anywhere near the top of the list. I think its great properties use private officers as long as its being done correctly. The Perimeter CID funded officers do a great job getting people through the Ash-Dun/285/Hammond intersections. If there is a problem I'm not aware of a property being to heavily favored at the expense of the general public then get someone to speak with the property owner or the officer about it.
Eric H September 26, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Sorry EPU just saw this. I have been to but never used the Y, I joined a gym near work. And though I'm not much of a pool person I believe you and I'll keep that class in mind,
patrick October 01, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Now you and everyone else that is Honest can see why Sandy,Larry and Jim are running, so they can damage the city when it first starts up.
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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