Atlanta City Council Members J.P. Matzigkeit, Howard Shook and Matt Westmoreland Donate $125,000 to Buckhead Security Plan
ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council members J.P. Matzigkeit, Howard Shook and Matt Westmoreland will donate $125,000 to the Buckhead Security Plan
to support its mission of improving public safety in the City of Atlanta.
The Buckhead Security Plan is a collaborative and strategic partnership designed to advance crime prevention and the enforcement of existing law, and to recommend policies and actions to improve the quality of life of all residents and visitors.
The Plan will expand, upgrade, and maintain Buckhead’s system of cameras and license plate readers, increase security patrols by off-duty sworn officers, improve radio communication between the Atlanta Police Department and neighborhood security patrols, offer rewards for information about crimes, expand programming in At-Promise Youth Centers, and support officer recruitment and retention.
"Securing Buckhead’s commercial corridor is integral to the quality of life for all Atlanta residents, as well as the millions of those who visit Atlanta every year," Council member Matzigkeit said. "The Buckhead Security Plan is the fastest and most comprehensive way to address Buckhead crime."
The proposal also calls for the full enforcement of Atlanta’s ordinances around noise, loud mufflers, party houses, overcrowding, and violating rules around licensing and permitting. In addition, the proposal outlines the need for new training facilities for APD and Atlanta Fire and Rescue.
"I applaud the many stakeholders who are pitching in to assist our fight for the health, safety, and welfare of those who live, work, and shop or dine here," Council member Shook said. "The contribution I’m able to make is on behalf of Kennedy Maxie."
Several public and private entities are partnering on the effort, including the Buckhead Coalition, the Buckhead Community Improvement District, the Office of Mayor, APD, the Atlanta Police Foundation, and members of the Atlanta City Council and Fulton County Commission.
"Far too many of our residents don’t feel safe, and too many of our men and women in uniform don’t feel supported,” Council member Westmoreland said. "This plan aims to change that. Every day, we ask our officers to stand in harm’s way. It’s important for them to know they have our support, and we have their backs."
The Council members will contribute the funds from their respective Council office budgets. Council member Matzigkeit represents District 8, which includes the northwest section of Buckhead. Council member Shook represents District 7, which includes the northeast section of Buckhead. Council member Westmoreland holds the citywide Post 2 At-Large Seat.
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The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.
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The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.
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