Atlanta police say they’re combating crime this summer time with ‘operation heatwave’

The summer time months can typically result in extra crime, however Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Atlanta police stated not this summer time.

Police say they’re turning up the warmth with a brand new summer time security plan.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen was dwell alongside the Beltline at Ponce De Leon Avenue.

APD stated they’re turning up the warmth with a brand new ‘Operation Warmth Wave’

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This summer time, you’ll be able to count on to see extra patrols alongside the beltline and areas across the metropolis which can be thought-about to be extra liable to violent crimes.

Chyna Alexander and her buddy Brie Ellis stated summer time nights are generally spent at residence.

“It’s all the time one thing taking place. I don’t go anyplace, particularly at evening. That’s when every thing actually occurs,” stated Alexander.

APD says they get it, in order that they have launched Operation Heatwave, a serious anti-crime blitz that officers say has a confirmed monitor report.

“We noticed numerous success with this operation final 12 months, with quite a few drug and gun seizures and gang prices towards violent repeat offenders,” stated Mayor Andre Dickens.

Police will double down in high-crime areas and residents will see numerous officers on foot, bicycles, and horseback. Police will even be responding rapidly to road racing.

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“In the event you’re fascinated by road racing in Atlanta, assume once more. You’re going to jail,” stated Chief Darin Schierbaum with APD.

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Metropolis officers stated Heatwave 2023 led to fewer shootings and robberies.

The 2024 model will even embrace town’s new ‘Care’ unit to reply to non-violent calls, releasing up much more armed officers to deal with critical incidents. And there shall be many extra summer time camps, basketball leagues, and extra, to present younger folks safer issues to do.

That’s the half that Alexander and Ellis like.

“I feel that’s higher. It’s serving to the group. I feel it’s a good suggestion,” stated Ellis, a scholar.

And police stated the Beltline is a type of areas the place you’ll be able to count on to see extra officers this summer time.

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