The addition of two new police beats to Zone 2—making the largest police zone in the city even larger—“is still on the table, but it’s not going to move forward until we have people trained,” Atlanta Police Zone 2 commander Maj. Robert Browning told members of Neighborhood Planning Unit B Jan. 4.

Browning suggested nothing would happen until June or July on the plan to add the beats from the Morningside and Cheshire Bridge Road areas to Zone 2.

Sixty officers need to be trained at the city police academy in order to implement Police Chief George Turner’s police redistricting plan, which would add 12 beats to the city overall.

Meanwhile, Browning reported to the NPU-B board that the number of crimes reported during 2010 in Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, was down 5 percent from the previous year, with auto thefts being the only category that recorded an increase.

Despite a spike early in the year, burglaries in Zone 2 finished 2010 down 1 percent from 2009. Browning said Zone 2 recorded three murders during the year.

Browning pointed out that Zone 2 still is doing much better in all crime categories than other areas of the city.

Browning also introduced Alice Johnson, a new community affairs. “My marching orders are to build partnerships within communities,” she said.

-John Schaffner