Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Unveils One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan

Staff Report

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms released the One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan to address violent crime in the city. The Plan is the first part of a broader effort focused on bolstering support for the Atlanta Police Department and reforming policing in the city.

“The spike in violent crime in Atlanta and across the country must be addressed by both immediate and long-term actions,” said Mayor Bottoms. “The One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan will address crime, and also the systemic issues that lead to violence.” 

As laid out by Mayor Bottoms during recent press briefings, the City has developed a series of actions to address violent crime. The immediate actions to be implemented are as follows:

    • Expand enforcement of nuisance properties

    • Focus additional resources and increase targeted enforcement on gangs and gun violence

    • Expand the Operation Shield camera network

    • Support neighborhood safety planning

    • Continue to focus on disrupting street racing and auto crimes

    • Explore a new Public Safety Training Academy

    • Improve APD recruiting and retention.

The full One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan can be viewed online here.

Legislation has been introduced and Administrative Orders issued to advance public safety actions:

    • An Administrative Order directing an Advisory Council to explore recommendations for a new Public Safety Training facility and an overview of next steps for implementation

    • An Administrative Order, related to APD recruiting and retention, directing an Advisory Council to provide recommendations by March 31, 2021

    • Legislation to conduct the personnel actions necessary to move forward with the pay and classification changes recommended to improve recruiting and retention for 911 Call Center staff, as directed by Mayor Bottoms’ Administrative Order dated December 18, 2020

Additional One Atlanta: One APD plans and actions will be released in the coming weeks and months, including potential actions related to addressing the fundamental causes of violence through violence interruption programs and gun violence legislation.

In addition to these public safety actions, the Administration will continue its focus on affordability and equity. Legislation related to justice reform will also be introduced today—including legislation related to the closing of the Atlanta Corrections and Detention Center (ACDC).