The Decatur Police Department is currently utilizing the Nation of Neighbors (NON) website as a way to send crime alerts, updates and information out to community members. There are currently six Decatur communities/neighborhoods in the program: Sycamore Ridge Neighborhood Watch, Decatur Heights, Oakhurst, Lenox Place, Winnona Park and Parkwood Park. An example of how NON is used would be a resident having a suspicious person come to their door and sending an alert to their neighbors or the police department sending an alert regarding recent burglaries in the area via the NON site. For more visit, nationofneighbors.com.

The Ansley Park Security Patrol sent out a warning to residents that applies to neighborhoods around Intown. Boxes for electronic equipment like televisions and computers are being left on the curb for trash pickup. Criminals are also seeing the boxes and know that expensive equipment is in your home. Tear the boxes apart and put them in your recycling container.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has awarded the Atlanta Police Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an Intoxilyzer 9000, which replaces the previous model. The Intoxilyzer is the only device approved by the State of Georgia for the analysis of breath alcohol content.

Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane has been appointed to lead the Strategies and Special Projects Division. Spillane has 25 years of service with the APD, having served in five of the six police precincts and in a variety of specialized assignments.  Previously he served as the Commander over the Information Services Section. Major Stacie Gibbs, who has more than 22 years of service with the APD, will oversee the Information Services Section, which includes Central Records, the ID Unit, and the Electronic Maintenance Unit. Captain Todd Coyt, who has more than 21 years of service, will serve as the new Night Commander for the Field Operations Division, Former Night Commander Captain M. Scott Kreher will be the new Asst. Commander in Zone 4.

Angela J. Barrett is the new Director of the City of Atlanta’s 911 Communications Department.  Prior to this appointment, Barrett served as the Director of Fulton County 911 from 2008-2013, where she led her team in re-vamping the 911 Center.

The City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department reopened Station 25 at 2349 Benjamin E. Mays Drive last month after four months of renovations that included installation of a new electrical system, painting, flooring and lighting.

A tip from the Decatur Police Department: As the holiday season approaches, reports of burglaries and entering autos typically increase. Please look out for your neighbors and call police immediately when you see something or someone suspicious. Practice basic safety habits like making sure doors and windows are secure when you go to bed at night or leave your residence and making sure your vehicle is secured and valuable property is out of sight. Also, if you have an alarm system please test it to make certain everything is working and that your monitoring company is calling the correct police department in a timely manner.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.