New Atlanta Police Department Precinct Set for One Buckhead Plaza
Tuesday, January 18th, 2022
Mayor Andre Dickens joined Atlanta Police Department (APD) Chief Rodney Bryant, APD leadership, and community partners to unveil a new Zone 2 precinct in One Buckhead Plaza—Cousins Properties’ office tower at the intersection of Peachtree Road and West Paces Ferry.
“Public Safety is a top priority for this administration,” said Mayor Andre Dickens. “It is important that everyone in our city feels a sense of security as our police continue to combat crime wherever it exists. Thank you to Cousins Properties, the Buckhead CID and the Buckhead Coalition for their partnership in making this new precinct possible and expanding APD’s presence in the West Village.”
The creation of the West Village precinct is a collaboration between the Dickens Administration, APD, Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) and Cousins Properties. APD has signed a lease with Cousins for a nominal fee. Buckhead Coalition and BCID are contributing $150,000 for buildout of the space. APD will equip and operate the precinct, with a target date to staff the precinct with 12 officers by summer of this year. The new precinct will augment the efforts of beat officers, enabling both groups to operate in a more efficient manner. A goal has been set to eventually staff the precinct with 24 officers, depending on the overall growth of the APD.
“We developed a strategy to address crime in our city and recognized there was a need for this precinct based on the growth and activity in Buckhead,” said APD Chief Rodney Bryant.
“Adding a new precinct on the west side of Buckhead will be a tremendous asset in Zone 2,” said Major Andrew Senzer, APD Zone 2 Commander. “A high percentage of our calls are related to traffic incidents. Having a group of officers dedicated to that work will make it more efficient and will ensure we have ample resources to devote to other important law enforcement matters.”
“A tremendous amount of work to enhance safety has been done over the past year and we are beginning to see a return on that investment,” said Jim Durrett, president and CEO of Buckhead Coalition and executive director of BCID. “There’s still a long way to go, but it’s clear that city leaders have heard Buckhead’s concerns and are working to address them.”
“We are encouraged that the Mayor is taking immediate action to address public safety in Buckhead and across Atlanta,” said Colin Connolly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cousins Properties. “We are pleased to partner with the City so we can help achieve the Mayor’s goal of a united Atlanta.”