In the wee hours of the morning next Tuesday, the Atlanta Police Department will roll out changes to the way the city's six zones — and the beats within them — are configured.
The point of the redesign was to more evenly distribute officer workloads and, in turn, improve 911 response times. Basically, what they did is add 12 beats (for a total of 78 beats citywide), and add new territory to certain zones and take it away from others.
Here are some highlights by zone (from an APD press release):
Zone 1 (Northwest Atlanta): I-20 was once the dividing line between Zone 1 and Zone 4 in Southwest Atlanta. Now, beginning at I-20 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard going westbound, MLK will represent the new dividing line between the new zones, with Zone 1 taking everything north of MLK.
Zone 2 (Northeast Atlanta): Picking up the Cheshire Bridge Road corridor and the Morningside neighborhood, areas that once before belonged to Zone 2.
(ED. NOTE: Spokesman Carlos Campos clarified that Cheshire Bridge and Morningside are currently in Zone 6, but were part of Zone 2 before that.)
Zone 3 (Southeast Atlanta): Picking up the Thomasville area once again from Zone 6; losing Grant Park neighborhood to Zone 6.
Zone 4 (Southwest Atlanta): Busy southwest quadrant of the zone that includes Greenbriar Mall is being split from two beats to four beats, making them more manageable for officers.
Zone 5 (Downtown/Midtown Atlanta): Losing the Old Fourth Ward area to Zone 6.
Zone 6 (Southeast Atlanta): Picking up Grant Park from Zone 3 and Old Fourth Ward from Zone 5. Losing the Thomasville area to Zone 3.
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