Summer safety in Atlanta: Mayor and police announce plan

Mayor Andre Dickens and Atlanta Police Department are holding a press conference this morning...
Mayor Andre Dickens and Atlanta Police Department are holding a press conference this morning to discuss the Summer Safety Plan.(WGCL)
Published: May. 31, 2022 at 11:03 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Mayor Andre Dickens and Atlanta Police have announced their plan to keep people safe this summer.

During a news conference Tuesday morning, Mayor Dickens first introduced the new interim police chief Darin Schierbaum who will replace Chief Rodney Bryant, retiring at the end of his term.

Mayor Dickens and Chief Bryant have been working closely together over the past few months in response to helping deter crime in the city.

According to Interim Chief Schierbaum, APD will have more officers patrolling local parks and recreation centers during the summer months.

In addition to that, Chief Schierbaum stated the city also hired 15 mentors who will work with youth at recreation centers.

“We are a police department that fights crime with basketballs, baseballs, soccer balls, and one-on-one and as part of the mayor’s summer youth initiative, we have hired 15 mentors that will be present in our youth centers,” mentioned Schierbaum.

APD will also be joining state police for 100 days of Summer Heat.

The campaign is a multi-jurisdictional highway safety program designed to reduce fatal crash counts during Georgia’s deadly holiday driving period from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“Clean car campaign continues to be at the center of what we ask in crime prevention. Many people come to our city to take advantage of soccer games, football games, and our festivals, and when they drive, we ask they come to our city and clean those cars out and remove any weapons. If you choose to have a weapon, be smart, secure those weapons so they cannot be taken from those vehicles and used in any other areas,” Schierbaum added.

Mayor Andre Dickens also discussed his “Light up the Night” initiative which he says could help deter crime in and around the city.

“Just last week many of you joined me for an update on our light up the night initiative where we’re going to have 10,000 new streetlights across the city. The city and Georgia Power are partnering to increase that light presence and to make sure their energy efficient led bulbs. More lights mean more opportunities for us to eradicate crime, car crashes and pedestrian crashes,” Dickens explained.