Community Policing and Programs

The Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) builds community partnerships to reduce crime and increase safety.  The COPS proactively fights crime through various programs aimed at prevention, early identification, and improving quality of life.


What programs are offered by the Community Oriented Policing Section?
Several programs are managed and offered by COPS including LGBT education, Crime Prevention Inspectors, Weed and Seed and the Police Athletic League. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit
The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Liaison Unit is a unit of the Atlanta Police Department whose goal is to improve the relationship between the LGBT community and the Atlanta Police Department.  A LGBT Advisory Board was also created to increase communication and understanding. For more information on how the APD’s LGBT initiatives, contact Senior Police Officer Brian Sharp at 404-546-2646.

Crime Prevention Unit
The Crime Prevention Unit shares information and tips on how to prevent crime. Several programs are managed by the unit including Crime Prevention Training, Neighborhood Watch Training & Development, Senior Citizen's Activities, Safety & Awareness Workshops and Child Identification Programs.  Please call 404- 546-5650 to learn about opportunities to join Crime Prevention Unit programs. 

Police Athletic League
The Atlanta Police Athletic League (PAL) is a non-profit program that uses sports, education and recreation to connect police and local youth. PAL offers citywide seasonal activities including summer camp, mentoring, homework assistance and sporting activities.  Please call 404-799-2340 to learn more information about PAL.


How can I learn more about my community?
To serve as a volunteer for the many programs available through the Atlanta Police Department’s COPS initiative call, write, or email to:

City of Atlanta Police Department
Community Services Division (CSD)
Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS)
226 Peachtree St SW
Suite W-4300
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Te: 404-546-5650
Fax: 404-653-7992
Email: atlantacops@atlantaga.gov

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