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DeKalb Police flex muscle in South DeKalb

April 19, 2011

For those of you who have driven in South DeKalb for the last few weekends has probably notice the increased presence of DeKalb police especially in the Glenwood and Candler Road areas. I attend church on Glenwood, and have gotten used to seeing a large presence there to counteract what some call ‘Glenwood Day” which typically happens sometime in April. This year seems a bit different though. DeKalb has seemed to stretch their presence much further out than the Glenwood road area. Every weekend in April of this year, I have seen them in large numbers on up and down Columbia, Memorial, Candler and some of the side streets in the area. I myself was pulled over After my wife undid her buckle to check on our son who was in his car seat in the back. The officer questioned us for a minute or so and sent us on our way. (He was unusually polite, must have been my church clothes) Zero tolerance seems to mean zero tolerance right now. Now we know where the officers who used to patrol Dunwoody ended up. I for one am glad to see the police being proactive and possibly removing violent men and women off the streets of South DeKalb. I do have to wonder though, with the budget mess and other issues in the county, How long will this show of force last. A long and sustained show of force, along with residents doing their part, would make the area a much more pleasant place to be. If this thing is short lived, then I have to wonder why do it at all.

  1. Mean Joe Greene
    April 21, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Well, I can tell you from what I’ve heard about these new Majors and Captains, it’s only going to get worse. The officers don’t like them, and they don’t like the officers. They’re even forcing the officers to come in with a certain amount of tickets or they get written up. (And not just at East Precinct). Yes, as in a quota. To say the least, be on your best behavior, especially when driving through South DeKalb, the police really are out to get us now.

  2. April 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The River Road Community Coalition was planning a community meeting for the 16th, but the police advised s April wasn’t a good time due to the “spring break” type activities they monitor. Also, have you noticed the dwindling number of newspaper hawkers on the corners? They are being ticketed for various traffic type offenses. We have a new Captain & Major at the south precinct. I hope their crackdown works and lasts longer than April.

    • April 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

      I would like to see them do some more patrolling on the river rd panthersville corridor. I am starting to see things this year than i did in previous years. I am also looking into the video gaming machines and underage sales of alcohol that seems to be problematic especially in the extreme southenr parts of the county

      • April 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

        This comment was taken from the DeKalb Officers Speak blog. It basically sums up my fear and suspicions that this crackdown was a temporary thing:

        The point that’s being made here is that the citizen posted about how he wants the police presence to continue. He thinks that we are actually trying to make a difference down there, and wants a continued presence. The blogmaster’s point is that he’s not going to get it. Yes we were supposed to amp up our presence for the Glenwood Days and possible Freaknic, but now that the operation is over and we’ve grabbed a bunch of stats, we’re going to pull out of the area and things will go back to the way they were.
        I’m personally convinced having been on detail for the last couple weeks, that Glenwood Days and Freaknic were never really as big a threat as was spoken, and that the whole thing was used as a ploy to send out a bunch of special units and get stats (Seriously…activating TRT to write tickets?). While it did allow a show of force, it left some watches understaffed and overburdened. Citizens did get to see an increased presence, and it probably did aid in a reduction of some criminal activity. The fact is however that now we will go back to where we were before.

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