South Fulton Citizens Express Their Concerns about Crime and Quality of Life | Print |

More than 100 South Fulton residents filled the Burdett Park Gymnasium on Monday, November 16, 2015 to talk with District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell about crime prevention, code enforcement, and recreation and enrichment activities for youth.

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Residents also expressed their continued concerns about potholes, illegal dumping and a variety of other quality of life issues.

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Commissioner Darnell opened the meeting with introductions of Interim Police Chief Gary Stiles, Aging and Youth Services Department Director Dr. John Thompson as well as representatives from her office and the District Attorney's Community Prosecution Office. The meeting was a follow-up to a September meeting when residents expressed similar concerns.

Chief Styles discussed the Old National Police Precinct and future plans to increase the hours for the precinct once additional officers are hired and available to work the precinct. Additionally, Dr. Thompson discussed current youth initiatives such as My Brother's Keeper, which is a national initiative of the Obama Administration to provide mentoring, grants and other community services to young minority males who are at-risk of negative or criminal behavior.

Commissioner Darnell promised to publicize a record of the community's concerns and collaborate with residents to determine solutions and ideas for partnerships between Fulton County Departments and residents. The partnerships would be designed to address and resolve issues of criminal activity on the Old National corridor and provide activities and volunteer services to prevent crime among teens and support more services that promote positive behavior among young people.

For more information, contact Commissioner Darnell's office at 404-612-8222.