APD Zone 6 Commander Pens Letter to Residents

City_of_Atlanta_Police1Atlanta Police Department Zone 6 Commander Lt. Timothy D. Peek wrote the following letter this week to Zone 6 residents:

Dear Zone Six Communities:

In recent times, our nation has experienced some very trying times as it relates to the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities for which they serve.  Communities throughout the country voiced their concerns through many different avenues which included protests and demonstrations.  The City of Atlanta was not exempt from these experiences.  Although stressful, the officers of the Atlanta Police Department rose to the occasion and served all of our citizens with dignity and respect.  We took an oath to serve our citizens and we look forward to our continued and committed service.

During these stressful times, you (our citizens and business partners) supported our officers in many ways.  In expressions of your support, we thank you for all of the gifts that you shared with us.  We thank you for the gratitude shown through gifts of food, snacks, drinks, flowers, handshakes and hugs (just to name a few).  These gestures certainly brightened our day and filled our hearts with joy.  It is truly our pleasure to serve such fine citizens. Again, we look forward to our continued service to the communities.

Sincerely,

Major Timothy D. Peek , on Behalf of Atlanta Police Department Zone Six Officers

APD Names New Commander for Zone 6

140px-AtlantapdThe following was posted to the Atlanta Police Department Facebook page late yesterday afternoon:

Police Chief George Turner today announced the appointment of a new major to take the reins in east Atlanta’s Zone 6 precinct and a veteran commander to lead the newly-reconfigured School Detectives Section.

Major Keith Meadows will move as commander of the Zone 6 precinct to lead the School Detectives Section, the public safety arm of the Atlanta Public Schools system. In his place, Chief Turner has promoted Captain Timothy Peek, currently APD Night Commander since January 2013, to the major in command of Zone 6.

Major Peek, who has been with APD for almost 20 years, served previously as the department’s liaison as Deputy Director to the regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has also been a sergeant in the Homicide Unit, an investigator and patrol officer.

“I’m confident that Major Peek will bring a renewed passion and commitment to reducing crime in Zone 6 that we need right now,” Chief Turner said. “Major Peek’s service as our HIDTA liaison will be helpful at bringing the know-how to work collaboratively with other agencies to tackle crime from a big-picture perspective. He is a consummate professional and I expect us to make strides to reduce crime in east Atlanta.”

Chief Turner also expressed confidence about the new partnership between the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Public Schools system. The two agencies are working out an agreement for full-time officers to work inside of APS’ middle and high schools. Currently, Atlanta Police officers work inside of the schools on an off-duty, part-time basis. Ultimately, the goal is to have more than 70 full-time, on-duty police officers providing security inside Atlanta public schools.

“We believe a sustained, fulltime presence of Atlanta Police officers in our schools will help provide a safe learning environment for the system’s students,” said Chief Turner. “Major Meadows will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as the commander for this important section.”

Major Meadows has served as the commander for Zone 6, which includes most of the eastern portion of the city of Atlanta, since January 2012. Meadows has been with APD for more than 27 years, including two years as commander for the Major Crimes Section.

Benefit Event on 7/10 for Zone 6 Officers Bandy and Toomer

This event at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club in L5P on 7/10 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. will be in honor of Officer Bandy who tackled a mean drunk on North Highland Avenue and Officer Toomer who was ambushed outside the L5P Zesto’s. They both have a lot of healing ahead, but I hope to see both of them in attendance. More details at http://www.facebook.com/patrick.apoian#1/events/246844668751991/ I’m sure that the Yacht Club will be the safest place in Zone 6 that evening, what with all of the fire-power there, so should be a fun event.