Friday, March 16, 2012

You: "The APD is doing a great job"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The APD recently performed its annual, random telephone survey to find out how Atlantans think they're doing. In a nutshell: You think they're doing great. "City of Atlanta citizens found that satisfaction over police services is at its highest level in 10 years," says a release.

Some specifics:
— 73 percent: People who said they feel the police have a great deal or "some deal" (?) of a "positive presence" in their neighborhoods.
— 70 percent: People who said they feel very or somewhat safe "walking alone at night within a block or two" of where they live.
(Those percentages were the highest since 2003)

— 44 percent: People who said they have great deal of or complete confidence in the APD's ability to protect their neighborhoods.
(I mean, it's less than half, but they say that's the highest percentage in 10 years, so that's good?)

— 59 percent: People who rated the department “excellent” or “good” in terms of response times.

— 58 percent: People who say the department is good at enforcing speeding.

— 54 percent: People who believe the APD is doing an excellent or good job of curbing violent crime.

In recent months, CL has spoken to lots of people — in Southwest Atlanta in particular — who definitely aren't happy with the APD's response times, and many who've said they don't feel safe in their neighborhoods.

Mayor Reed says, “These results clearly show that my administration’s efforts to put public safety first are paying off. I believe putting more officers on the street improves visibility, which in turn reduces crime. We have hired almost 500 officers since I took office, and major crimes are down 22 percent compared to this time three years ago.”

Assuming lots of you didn't participate in the survey (Braun Research Inc. spoke with 600 people who have landlines), what are your thoughts?

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