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Atlanta Police Make Changes To Four Zone Boundaries As Part Of Beat Redesign

Post Date:03/12/2019 10:52 AM

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Police Department, as part of a continuing effort to ensure better response times and appropriate coverage, is making changes to four of its geographical beats, effective March 17.

The City of Atlanta is divided into six unique geographic areas – known as Zones – for the purposes of allocating APD resources. Each Zone is then divided into 13-14 “beats” assigned to a specific officer for patrol purposes. The Zones are divided, generally, as follows:

  • Zone 1: Northwest Atlanta
  • Zone 2: Buckhead/Northeast Atlanta
  • Zone 3: Southeast Atlanta
  • Zone 4: Southwest Atlanta
  • Zone 5: Downtown/Midtown Atlanta
  • Zone 6: East Atlanta

Periodic statistical examinations of the Zone boundaries are made, with consideration given to factors such as economic growth, population growth, traffic patterns and calls for service, and adjustments are made as necessary to ensure that each Zone carries roughly the same workload. The process is known as a beat realignment, the last of which occurred in 2011. For this beat redesign, the Department relied on the assistance of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The following changes were made:

  • Current Beat 203, on the southwest border of Zone 2 which includes the neighborhoods of Riverside, Whittier Mill Village, Hills Park, Bolton, and Blandtown, will become Beat 103, the northernmost area of Zone 1.
  • Current Beat 103, in an area west of Downtown east of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and north of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard that encompasses the English Avenue neighborhood and portions of west Midtown, will become Beat 506, becoming the westernmost portion of Zone 5.
  • Current Beat 506, encompassing eastern portions of Midtown known as the “Garden District,” will become Beat 614, as part of Zone 6.
  • Current Beat 213, in an area of northeast Atlanta that includes Cheshire Bridge Road on the northern border and the Morningside and Piedmont Heights neighborhoods, will become Beat 613, as part of Zone 6.

Street-level maps of all of APD’s Zones and Beats can be viewed here at our website, or by navigating to the “Find My Zone” feature on the Atlanta Police Department’s home page.

“It’s important that we examine our officer workload periodically and with the help of Georgia Tech we were able to do so in a data-driven manner,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier, commander of APD’s Field Operations Division.  “We are confident these changes will balance the workload in all Zones.”

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