Atlanta Police Department
Atlanta Police Department
Officer Pearl Martin
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, December 15,
Cause: Motorcycle crash
Total Line of Duty Deaths: 88
- Aircraft accident 2
- Automobile crash 8
- Fall 1
- Gunfire 53
- Gunfire (Inadvertent) 2
- Motorcycle crash 13
- Stabbed 1
- Struck by vehicle 1
- Vehicle pursuit 2
- Vehicular assault 5
- January 7
- February 7
- March 4
- April 7
- May 8
- June 8
- July 8
- August 7
- September 5
- October 9
- November 8
- December 10
ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT Employee Reviews
Communications Dispatcher (Current Employee) - Atlanta, GA - October 12,
Working for Atlanta PD communications (E) has by far been the worst job experience I have ever had. The work culture is extremely toxic. You are constantly micromanaged. The turnover is high, so staffing level is often critically low, which in turn makes for a heavier workload. The department is on 8 hour shifts with the same days off during the week. Weekend off days are reserved for those with seniority. So, if you are new do not expect to have a weekend off for several years (if you can even tolerate it that long). You have to fight for time off. You are overworked and underpaid. The insurance and other benefits are subpar. Management is corrupt on all levels. They violate their own SOP (standard operating procedures) and when brought up the chain, nothing is done. They will violate federal laws like HIPPA and again nothing is done about it. There are people who work there that will make you question their requirements for hire. The level of incompetence is astonishing. However, this is not limited to communications, the entire department is corrupt— a sinking ship. The field alone can be extremely stressful, so to add all the extras will have you on the brink of a mental health crisis. Communications (E) is simply a cancer. Save yourself the headache!!
unlimited overtime (if you're not already burned out)
no weekends off EVER, low pay, heavy workload, high turnover, toxic work culture
Obtaining a Police Report
To obtain a Fulton County police report click here to download a form and go to one of the following precinct locations:
Records and Reports Office:
Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA,
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday, a.m. to p.m.
Fulton Industrial Boulevard SW, Atlanta, GA
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday, a.m. to p.m.
You may also purchase your Fulton County accident report online at buycrash.com. Citizens can now get up to date crime information for your neighborhood from crimereports.com.
If another police agency responded to your incident, please contact them directly to request a copy of your report.
Atlanta Police Department
Police force in Georgia, U.S.
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|Operations jurisdiction||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Jurisdiction of the Atlanta Police Department|
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|Legal jurisdiction||City of Atlanta|
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The Atlanta Police Department (APD) is a law enforcement agency in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
The city shifted from its rural-based Marshal and Deputy Marshal model at the end of the 19th century. In , the department was formed with 26 officers. Thomas Jones was elected the first Atlanta Chief of Police by the city council. The agency is located at: Peachtree St SW, Atlanta, Ga. 
The 1,+ officer force is currently being led by former Assistant Police Chief Rodney Bryant (acting), after Chief Erika Shields resigned following the killing of Rayshard Brooks. Bryant will serve as interim police chief until the city finds a replacement.
Ranks and insignia
The Atlanta Police Department works with the City of Atlanta Corrections Department, which operates three jails:
|Jail||Type of inmate|
|City Detention Center||Pretrial arrestees, sentenced ordinance and traffic offenders and custody of federal prisoners awaiting trial pursuant to a contract with the U.S. Marshals Service|
|Grady Detention Center||Custodial services patients at the general hospital (Grady Memorial Hospital)|
|Court Detention Center||Prisoner movements for judicial proceedings in the Municipal Court|
Breakdown of the makeup of the rank and file of APD as of 
- Male: 82%
- Female: 18%
- African American/Black: 58%
- Caucasian/ White: 37%
- Hispanic: 4%
- Asian: 1%
A federal investigation was conducted into the Atlanta Police Department's practices after the killing of year-old Kathryn Johnston, who shot at officers as they entered her home unannounced on a no-knock warrant. Prosecutors alleged that the officers falsified information and documents after the killing to justify the serving of the warrant. On April 26, , two officers pleaded guilty to manslaughter, violation of oath, criminal solicitation, and making false statements. One additionally pleaded guilty to perjury.
On July 8, , it was reported in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that six police officers were fired for lying about events concerning the Atlanta Eagle police raid (which targeted the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar). In June , a page report was released that details how 16 officers lied or destroyed evidence when asked about the raid on the Eagle Bar. At least two of the officers in question had been cited for lying on another occasion in a federal drug case in October (the federal prosecutors informed the Atlanta Police Department that they would never be used again in a federal prosecution).
On April 8, , APD officers shot a year-old U.S. Marine veteran who had fired several shots at the ground in front of a man who was stealing from him, which was a frequent occurrence. He lost his kidney, and while he was eventually released from prison in early November after prosecutors finally dropped charges—after threatening him with years in prison—his home and that of his deceased father had been looted and burnt by criminals who stole almost all his personal and business possessions. APD officers claimed Sturdivant pointed his rifle at the officers, who never identified themselves, a point disputed by Sturdivant's public defender given that the one bullet of the 14 officers fired that actually hit him, traveled through the side of the rifle's stock.
On May 30, , during the George Floyd protests in Georgia, Atlanta police pulled two black students from their car, broke a car window, and used Tasers to shock them. This came after officers arrested a classmate of theirs whom they wanted to pick up; an officer ordered the students to continue driving, which they complied. One officer claimed that one of the students possessed a gun, but no gun was found. One of the students stated that he was punched over 10 times in the back after being arrested. Within days, six officers were charged as a result of the incident; two were fired, and four were put on administrative leave. The Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, stated that the two college students were "innocent almost to the point of being naive".
On June 12, , APD officers were called to a Wendy's, where the suspect, Rayshard Brooks, was sleeping inside of a car with its engine on in the drive-thru lane of the establishment. Officers conducted a field-sobriety test on Brooks, which he failed, leading officers to attempt to put him in custody. According to the GBI, Brooks resisted and got into a physical struggle with an officer, which led to Brooks grabbing a taser from the officer. Once Brooks got a hold of the taser, he began to flee. Surveillance footage shows Brooks fleeing about seven parking spaces in the parking lot. Brooks then turned around and fired the taser at the officer chasing him. That led to the officer retrieving and discharging his service weapon, firing three times at Brooks, striking him two times in the back. Brooks was taken to a local hospital, where he died after emergency surgery.
Equipment used by the Atlanta Police Department
Vehicles: Ford Police Interceptor equipped with state-of-the-art Whelen LED Lighting packages and digital control consoles along with Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Data Terminals. In fall , the Atlanta Police Department began phasing new Ford Taurus Police interceptors into its fleet to replace the old Crown Victoria interceptors. The entire fleet totals around vehicles and the remaining Crown Victoria interceptors will be phased out as they lose usefulness. 
Communications: Motorola Digital MHz Trunking system that is one of the largest in the country and utilizes 24 channels. This system provides voice and data communications for the Atlanta Police, Fire, Watershed, Corrections and other Municipal Departments. The Atlanta Police Radio System also provides voice and data communications for the Georgia State Patrol inside of the Atlanta Metropolitan area and the City of Hapeville, The City of East Point, and the City of College Park.
Weapons: The department has transitioned to a 9mm handgun, the Glock 17 Gen 4, phasing out the S&W Glock The reason for this was modern 9x19mm bullet effectiveness and the fact 9mm puts less wear on the gun's components due to lower pressures compared to S&W. The APD has standardized Winchester PDX1 grain 9mm ammunition.
The APD also trains and issues the AR to many of its patrol officers to aid in tactical situations where a pistol and shotgun are out matched.
Police patrol zones of Atlanta
In the City of Atlanta, there are six "patrol zones" (more commonly known as just "zones") which lie under the jurisdiction of the Field Operations Division of the Atlanta Police Department.
Zones and constituent neighborhoods
Zone 1 covers the city's northwest side, west of Downtown Atlanta and north of I Zone 2 covers all of the city's northern area. The Zone 3 area is located on the south/southeast and parts of southwest side of the city. The Zone 4 area is located on the southwest side of Atlanta. Zone 5 encompasses the central portion of APD's jurisdiction. Zone 6 includes all but the northernmost part of Atlanta's Eastside.
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While metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies are praising Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to give $1, bonuses to officers and first responders, they say the move is only the first step in addressing long-running issues of recruitment and retention.
Why it matters. Police departments say low morale has put a dent in their efforts to recruit for positions that are under intense scrutiny by the public amid high-profile officer-involved shootings in Atlanta and around the country.
Details: Police departments and sheriff's offices can obtain the bonuses by applying for grant funding through the state's Office of Planning and Budget website through Dec.
- Personnel eligible for the bonuses include state, local or school police officers; criminal investigators; probation and parole officers; firefighters; EMS; sheriffs and their deputies; corrections officers; bailiffs; fish and game wardens; and dispatchers.
Context: Facing what's sure to be a stiff reelection battle from presumed Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, Kemp has made support for law enforcement — and criticism of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the city's spike in crime — part of his platform.
- The governor used $2 millionfrom the state's emergency fund to create a crime suppression unit made up of local police, state troopers and other law enforcement officers to address crime in the area, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
Yes, but: While the bonuses could offer a short-term boost in morale, leaders of local public safety agencies say a lot more needs to be done to help hire new and keep seasoned officers.
- Axios reached out tothe Atlanta Police Department, which declined to participate in this story. However, the agency said on its Facebook page that more people are showing an interest in joining its ranks.
Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labatsaid his department has vacancies, which is down from when he took office in January. While Labat said the bonuses are a "magnificent first step" in addressing low morale in law enforcement, local departments have to be more creative in keeping current employees and attracting candidates.
- To attract new hires, Labat says, Fulton County commissioners raised the sheriff's office's starting salary for deputies to $50, The department now offers a $9, signing bonus to anyone who commits to working for three years at the Fulton County Jail as a deputy.
- The department, which has just under 1, people on staff, is also considering providing a $ child care stipend for single parents, the sheriff said. To speed up the hiring process, the department conducts on-site physical fitness assessments at job fairs.
- "You have young peoplewho want to fight crime, but we do a poor job of marketing ourselves," Labat says.
The other side: Some criticism has been lodged at Kemp for using federal coronavirus relief funds to pay for law enforcement bonuses.
Hannah Riley,communications director for the Southern Center for Human Rights, said law enforcement agencies have been talking about low morale for at least a decade, "even after they get everything they ask for."
- "I think it's especially hard to hear that this is coming for COVID relief funds in a state that's been utterly decimated by COVID," she said.
Riley said instead of providing bonuses to officers, Kemp could use that funding to help provide access to affordable housing, healthcare and educational opportunities; supporting people who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual assault; and ensuring people housed in correctional facilities are safe and healthy.
An Atlanta police officer and sergeant were removed from duty after video surfaced showing a woman being kicked in the head
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