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Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell Donates $10,000 to the Atlanta Police Foundation to Assist in Funding Security Cameras in the West End CID

Post Date:11/06/2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Dexter M. Chambers
Council Communications Director
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November 6, 2017

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell Donates $10,000 to the Atlanta Police Foundation to Assist in Funding Security Cameras in the West End CID

ATLANTA – Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell announced the donation of $10,000 from his council carry forward account to the Atlanta Police Foundation to assist in funding surveillance cameras in the West End Community Improvement District (CID).

Legislation authorizing the disbursement was introduced by District 4 Councilmember Cleta Winslow and approved by the full council on Monday, Nov. 6 during its regularly scheduled meeting at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber. (Legislative Reference No. 17-O-1662)

“I am excited to put these funds towards the purchase of a camera that will be tied into the Video Integration Center. Security is a high priority for the West End CID and my office as well,” said Council President Mitchell. “As a resident of the West End, I know that the West End CID will serve as a catalyst for continuing the great work done by Councilmember Winslow in District 4, and I thank her for introducing this legislation. I also thank the Atlanta Police Foundation for their continued efforts at promoting public safety across the city.”

Community Improvement Districts provide one of many methods for financing improvements that enhance property values by allowing property owners to determine how funds are spent in their communities.

“The CID appreciates City Council President Mitchell allocating funds to advance one of our public safety initiatives. We plan to partner with the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the City of Atlanta to expand the security camera program into the commercial district,” said West End CID Board Chair H. Jerome Russell.

The Atlanta Police Foundation has been installing security cameras and license plate readers city-wide, with plans of having as many as 12,000 cameras at various locations throughout the city.

Councilmember Winslow, who represents the West End, stated “I was happy to introduce the legislation on behalf of President of City Council Ceasar Mitchell. This legislation will provide crucial supplemental funding for surveillance cameras in the West End business community. This contribution will add to the overall safety and security in Historic West End.”

“The visibility of police cameras in our communities creates a significant deterrence against crime, and provides APD with immediate situational awareness,” said Dave Wilkinson, President and CEO for the Atlanta Police Foundation. “In just five years, the City of Atlanta grew its Operation Shield surveillance network to more than 10,000 cameras, the largest in the country; and this investment on the West End is another strong example of this public/private partnership helping continue the momentum and building a safer West Side community.”

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