Keisha Lance Bottoms

ATLANTA (CBS46) — With a surge of violent crime across the city of Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' Anti-Violence Advisory Council has announced its recommendations to address that surge.

The council provided three primary recommendations with a series of action items to help reduce current crime reduction efforts. Those three recommendations are as follows:

  • Creation of a Mayor's Office of Violence Reduction

  • Launching, continuation or expansion of nine critical initiatives focused on location and individuals most impacted by violence.
    • Public awareness
    • Community capacity and infrastructure building
    • Expansion of programs focused on violence prevention
    • Local security planning
    • Focus on violent repeat offenders
    • Increased enforcement of nuisance properties
    • Hiring 250 additional officers in fiscal year 2022
    • Expand the city's 'Operation Shield' camera network by 250 cameras this year
    • Complete the One Atlanta: Light Up the Night program to install 10,000 new streetlights in high violence areas by December

  • Investing $70 millions to fund the nine critical initiatives

According to the city, the Mayor's Office of Violence Reduction "would be a dedicated crime-prevention office that leads, coordinates and supports the city’s initiatives."

The $70 million earmarked for funding the nine initiatives would be comprised of $50 million in public funding and $20 million from private and philanthropic funds, according to the city.

You can view the full report here. You can watch the full press conference below.
Mayoral Candidate and Councilmember Andre Dickens below released the following statement: 

“As a citywide elected Councilman, I look forward to working with Mayor Bottoms to implement this important first step to fighting crime in Atlanta. More officers and more innovative security measures like license plate readers and security cameras will help put the city back on the right footing. 

As Atlanta's next Mayor, I'll focus my efforts on launching a gang task force to reduce violent crime and protect our most vulnerable citizens. My plan for public safety includes working with all of the city's stakeholders –from Bankhead to Buckhead – to make our community safe for everyone.”

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