The Atlanta Police Department has cancelled the information meeing on the redesign of Zone 2 boundaries and beats which was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at The Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead.

A statement by APD public affairs manager Carlos Campos sent to the media Feb. 18, the day after the meeting was first announced, said the one-hour meeting had to be “postponed —-due to a scheduling conflict.”

The statement went on to say: “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who had planned to attend. However, this meeting – and others in each zone – will be scheduled and held. Notice will be sent when dates are set.”

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner had been scheduled to discuss police beat changes planned for Zone 2 as part of a reorganization of the city’s six police zones.

The reorganization is designed to balance workloads and increase police visibility by boosting the number of beats throughout the city’s six police zones. It is anticipated it wll improve police response times.

Zone 2, already the largest geographic police zone in the city, would grow by almost 3.5 square miles to 39.5 square miles with the addition of the Cheshire Bridge Road area and Morningside which formerly were part of Zone 6.

Beats in Zone 2, which includes all of Buckhead, would increase in number from 10 to 13 and Zone 2 would gain 15 additional sworn officers and three additional patrol cars with the reorganization.

Copies of the zone maps and a PowerPoint presentation of the plan can be viewed at http://www.atlantapd.org/BeatRedistrict/2011/index.htm.

John Schaffner

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.