Transform Westside Summit – June 16, 2017
Featured Presentation: Westside Security Plan
Presented by Atlanta Police Foundation’s Dave Wilkinson & Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields and Atlanta Police Foundation’s Dave Wilkinson led Summit attendees through an eye-opening discussion about the Westside Security Plan – the collaborative strategy that integrates crime control and crime reduction with neighborhood revitalization.
The plan consists of four programs that directly address crime and safety issues specific to the Westside community:
- Westside Blue Security Patrol
- Secure Neighborhoods Initiative
- Operation Shield
- At-Promise Youth Center.
Presentation highlights included the announcement of a 38% decrease in crime in English Avenue and Vine City since the plan was launched in 2016. Grand opening of the At-Promise Youth Center was also announced for Tuesday, August 1.
Chief Shields and Wilkinson were joined by Officers Rodney Jones, Jr. and Savannah Berry who shared their positive experiences serving the Westside. Officer Jones is part of the Westide Blue Security Patrol and Officer Berry was one of the first five police officers to move into the police officer housing as part of the Secure Neighborhoods Initiative.
- To view the full presentation, click here.
- To learn more about the Atlanta Police Foundation, including additional details on the Westside Security Plan, click here.
Summit Announcement: Atlanta Housing Authority’s “Return to Community” Farmers Market and Fair
Special thank you to our Summit sponsor Chick-fil-A and to Mary Ukuku, lecturer at Spelman College and children’s ministry coordinator for Redeemer Community Church, for leading our morning devotion.*
The Transform Westside Summit is held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and is free and open to the public. Registration for future Summits is available on the main Events page of our website.
*Many in our community are driven by their spiritual faith to participate in the Westside revitalization effort. The time at the beginning of our meetings is an opportunity to share various inspirational reflections. While the speakers may articulate their personal faith, it is meant to be inclusive, inspiring and meaningful. All are welcome.