Association: More County Officers Coming to North Druid Hills Area

Fourteen more officers are slated for the county's Central Precinct.

More police could hit the streets across the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area in the next several months, according to the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association.

Thirteen more officers and another sergeant are slated for the Center Precinct, which includes the North Druid Hills area, DeKalb County police told the Medlock Neighborhood Watch group at its regular meeting Wednesday. Several start Sunday, the association reported on its website.

The center precinct does include higher crime areas, however, including those around Memorial Drive southeast of the city of Decatur.

DeKalb County police have been under fire throughout the area over the last several months as several groups have sought to create new cities from Tucker to the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area and as far south as Druid Hills. Frustration with county police and local control over public safety has been a primary subject of those discussions.

Here's more helpful information from the association's post:

Most burglaries are happening during the day while people are at work, when no cars are in the driveway.  Make it appear that someone could be home.  Leave a tv or radio on loud enough so that someone coming to your door or window may think that someone is home.  A light on helps as well.

For more helpful tips given to the Neighborhood Watch group, read the full association post.

What do you think about the county's plans to expand police presence in our precinct? Tell us in the comments section below.

Tom Doolittle April 26, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Check out the MANA report link in the article above--good info. BTW--the public education guy for Precinct 2 (Fowler) came from District 1--he's absolutely awesome. District 1's loss. I know this because I'd go to him because he was more reposnsive than Dist 2's "education" gal. No doubt she's been promoted. When I get my city, I don't want to live on the boundary line between one precinct and another or between one council district and another. Can someone make a promise for my city-making vote? Who do I need to know to make that happen? My street is literally on the dark line of this map between Precinct 1 and 2. My house does get coverage, I see police cars near my street all of the time, but I'm sure its stretching the rubber band for them--and I really don't even know which precinct they come from. BTW--if you keep calling this area "North Druid Hills" I may get used to it. Got a nice ring. I'm now on the Community Association Network (CAN) listserve. Good stuff--alomost all news come from Clairmont/Medlock. Like I said, maybe I'll get used to affiliating with those people down near Druid/N. Decatur. They's actually got some community organization--kinda thing that might be good for forming cities.
RandyRand April 26, 2013 at 02:50 PM
The simple concept of leverage at work! When a community begins to show cityhood interest, the love and attention starts flowing. Cityhood equals leverage and a better relationship with the county!
Tom Doolittle April 26, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Absolutely RR: I always thought that the mere threat of city-making would be a great way to enter negotiations--assuming we know WHAT to negotiate for. I'd be interested in mediated teamwork on common sense legislation, which stages in steps for the entire county to municipalize at one time--or with a set time line. That would be combined with legislation on divestiture of county's non-constitutional services, thereby making new cities assume all city-type services by a certain date. For our community to take the lead on such discussions would be very progressive and long term thinking--and good for the entire state.
Kay Clark April 26, 2013 at 09:33 PM
That's a good thing, right, the government is responding to what citizens want?
Don't be fooled April 27, 2013 at 03:15 AM
I am having a good laugh right now. They pulled the exact same thing in Brookhaven. The last few months before the city vote the sporadically flooded the area with police presence and talked about having ".... More than 100 officers assigned to the north precinct." The city advocates had actual police records that told the true story about 2 and 3 officers actually being on the streets of Brookhaven per shift which was only 30% of whatincorporation in the days immediately following the Juy vote Dekalb police pulled back even more ( the city didn't start until mid - December). Face it folks, this move is temporary (if it is even carried out fully). Dekalb has great officers but a completely usustainable bureaucratic structure that will never make your neighborhoods safe. Don't let this kind of county bait and switch- promise making enter into your minds when determining whether or not to incorporate.


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