Friday, March 25, 2011

APD's new unit hopefully better at law enforcement than acronyms

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

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According to Stephanie Ramage of The Ramage Report, the APD has decided to call its new 36-member unit "APEX," which apparently stands for Atlanta Proactive Enforcement & Interdiction.

OK. I'll try to keep snark to a minimum, but let's discuss the obvious: there is no 'X' in Atlanta Proactive Enforcement & Interdiction. Also, interdiction? If the final word isn't even going to correspond with the last letter in the acronym, why not choose something powerful? Or at least a word that means something to people (people who aren't police officers).

APEX replaces APD's controversial Red Dog Unit (also a forced, albeit slightly better, acronym: Run Every Drug Dealer Out of Georgia). Chief George Turner dissolved Red Dog in February amid widespread accusations of misconduct — its Sept. 2009 raid of the Atlanta Eagle, in particular — although Turner said the department was simply adjusting to a criminal landscape that had evolved.

At that time, Turner described the then-unnamed squad as "a tactical crime fighting unit with a new mission," adding that it would focus on violent crime and incorporate trend analysis, so they police can increase their presence in areas where lots of crimes are being committed. He also said training would be "paramount."

Ramage says APEX will train over the course of one work week — March 28 through April 1 — and will be overseen by Lt. J.D. Patterson.

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