|Police task force to address 9-1-1 response times in Atlanta-DeKalb|
|Written by OCG News Staff|
Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced legislation at the Sept. 3 council meeting to create the District 5 Atlanta-in-DeKalb Police Jurisdiction Task Force. The task force will address concerns raised by residents in City of Atlanta neighborhoods located in DeKalb County.
The City of Atlanta and DeKalb County have independent 911 call centers and separate police departments. Residents who live near the border of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb have reported slow emergency response times, calls being routed across jurisdictional boundaries, and confusion from first responders.
Councilwoman Archibong hopes the task force will find solutions that will ensure that 911 calls are routed properly and emergency responders dispatched more quickly.
Atlanta-in-DeKalb residents particularly those living in East Atlanta, Kirkwood and East Lake have voiced serious concerns regarding routing of 911 calls. This concern was most recently raised at the July 10 public safety meeting held at the Atlanta Zoo and again at the District 5 Public Safety Town Hall Meeting co-hosted with Mayor Kasim Reed on Aug. 5.
The District 5 Atlanta-in-DeKalb Police Jurisdiction Task Force will consist of 14 members, including representatives from the Mayor, Council President, Public Safety Committee Chair, DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, and Atlanta and DeKalb Police Departments.
The Atlanta City Council passed the resolution unanimously.