Safety Reports

By: John Wolfinger APD and AFR News AFR just announced recently that 29 new firefighters were graduated from the training academy on 6/4/2013 – but no word as to whether this number of graduates is enough to keep up with retirement and resignation replacements.  I hope that it is. APD has released an informative LGBT YouTube video that can ...

By: John Wolfinger Score One For Off-Duty VaHi APD Officers!! The following report was posted on many of our neighborhood message boards, but since this report reaches many who are not members of these boards – I felt it was well worth repeating.  This is the narrative from the Zone 6 report with my comments in parentheses: “On ...

By: John Wolfinger More Beltline Safety News I would like to share with you this excellent latter penned by APD Lieutenant Jeffery Baxter, head of the new Path Force Unit, which is responsible for BeltLine patrolling and safety measures and sent to Street Captain Kay Stephenson who is also a BeltLine Trees Atlanta arboretum docent.  Since this letter was ...

By: John Wolfinger Apple Pickings Thanks to the unfortunate incident involving the CNN newsperson having her cell phone snatched from her hands on Piedmont Avenue in Midtown – this whole nation-wide plague of cell phone snatchings has really driven home the point that it is not prudent for pedestrians to display personal electronics while out in public.  Thanks ...

By: John Wolfinger Successful Neighborhood Cleanup Report Thanx to a small but determined group of folks, there was a lot of trash, litter and obstructive vegetation cleaned up last Saturday. Read the story at  https://vahi.org/keep-vahi-beautiful-group-holds-successful-clean-up-event/. We had a lot of VaHi business participation – thank you to these folks.  If you would like to help organize a neighborhood-wide business association, please ...

Neighborhood Cleanup – Save The Date 4/13/2013 Going along with the “broken windows” theory of crime prevention (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory ) our Keep Virginia Highland Beautiful group, an off-shoot of the Safety Team initiative – will be leading a neighborhood-wide cleanup session Saturday 4/13.  Read the details at https://vahi.org/Keep-vahi-beautiful-group-sets-date-for-spring-clean-up-seeks-volunteers.  If you would like to join the Team St. Charles group ...

By: John Wolfinger APD’s 2012 Crime Report The Atlanta Police Foundation now has a link on their site to this report.  Go to http://www.atlantapolicefoundation.org/  and click on “2012 Crime Report” on the right hand side of the page. Citizens Police Acadamies You now have two of these informative sessions to choose from this spring.  APD’s academy starts 4/17 and continues every ...

By: John Wolfinger Another Citizen’s Police Academy Session APD has announced the next Citizen’s Police Academy starting 4/17/2013 for 7 weeks every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Police Academy on the far south side of the city near the main post office.  Deadline for applications is 3/30 and contact Sergeant Chad Hannula for ...

By: John Wolfinger Residential Burglaries We are experiencing an abnormal (read very high) amount of home burglaries this month and everyone in VaHi is urged to be extra alert.  If you see any activity here that gives you a gut feeling that it is not normal or indicates something is wrong – please make a suspicious activity report ...

By: John Wolfinger I know, I know – it has been a while since I issued a report. As Zone 6 converts to a new reporting format, I am still waiting for 2013 week 2 – so this report only includes 2013 week 1. Gunfire From Piedmont Park Thanx to an inquiry I received from a Virginia Hill ...

By: John Wolfinger Happy New Year!!! We’ve survived the dire predictions of the turn of the century 13 years ago and the recent alarm about the end of the Mayan calendar, and here we are in 2013 and still going strong!! Even though we live in the middle of a big city and an even much larger metro area ...

By: John Wolfinger The Continuing Fulton County Jail Dilemma December 5th saw yet another Fulton County Commissioner’s meeting where the funding for new Fulton County Jail cell locks went down the drain, and in the meantime the safety of both jail staff and inmates is in danger, due to old and shoddy cell locks now in use. This ...

BeltLine Caution The new eastside BeltLine trail that is attracting hundreds of joggers/walkers/bicyclists as a wonderful, scenic place to get out for exercise is also attracting those who prey on unsuspecting and unalert folks. There have been 3 recent incidents I need to make you aware of – on 11/19 there were two separate reports of ...

By: John Wolfinger APD In Mourning The tragic helicopter crash on November 3 that took the lives of two APD air patrolmen, Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley, has left their surviving fellow officers realizing how fragile human life is and of the dangers they face every time they report for duty in service to us – the ...

By: John Wolfinger Roy Latimore Found Guilty!! Thanks to David Berl for taking the time to spend several days sitting on the hard benches of Fulton County courthouse courtroom 4-B to watch as the trial of Roy Latimore took place. Latimore is the one who was plaguing this part of the city a year ago with a ...

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