The Atlanta Police Foundation

To Make Atlanta the Safest Large City in the Nation

The Atlanta Police Foundation employs a broad array of 21st century public safety initiatives to accomplish its mission. These initiatives include community programs designed to provide resources to underserved neighborhoods, as well as training to cultivate a mindset of true servanthood among the Atlanta Police Department sworn personnel.

Since 2003, APF has been providing vital strategic support to Atlanta’s  Mayor, Chief of Police, and Police Department to ensure that our City’s law enforcement agency remains on the forefront of policing and public safety practices.  In 2015, Atlanta was named a model city by President Obama’s task force for 21st Century Policing – one of only 15 jurisdictions to be given that status out of 18,000 reviewed.

Our work is far from over. Through our public-private partnership model, we will continue to pursue, privately fund and implement programming that creates a safe and just city for every citizen of Atlanta, driving out crime and enhancing the safety of our neighborhoods.

The 8 Pillars of the APF

The foundation of our organization and its goals


APF employs its Operation Shield initiative to improve APD’s predictive policing ability and solve investigative cases.  Our latest Operation Shield program, Connect Atlanta, allows residents and business to register their private cameras so that APD can request footage from them should a crime occur in the area.

Increased Enforcement

Through training, collaboration, community policing and increased incentives, we will enhance the morale of APD and bring police visibility and engagement back to where it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.


The largest portion of Public Safety First capital campaign will be devoted to the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. The training center will be a best-in-class facility for APD and other law enforcement agencies to train in 21st Century Policing best practices as well as a gathering spot for community events and conversations.

More Officers

Focused efforts on both retention and recruitment will bring APD back up to their authorized complement of 2,046 officers. APD will hire 750 officers over the next three years to meet this mark by employing officer support incentives such as hiring, retention and in-city residency bonuses.

Community Policing

APF’s community policing mission is two-fold: to provide more police visibility for security in the neighborhoods we serve and to cultivate the highest level of community service in APD’s culture. The Secure Neighborhoods program embodies these values by providing officers with opportunities to move into the neighborhoods they serve.

Repeat Offenders

APF will continue to bring together APD, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and Fulton County judges and others on the Atlanta Criminal Justice Commission to address Atlanta’s repeat offender issue.

Youth Engagement

APF will continue to expand its At-Promise youth initiative to divert Atlanta youth from crime to brighter pathways. The Foundation’s third location, the Truist Andrew and Walter Young Family At-Promise Center will open to youth and APF will seek to open a fourth center soon.

Regional Collaboration

APF will work with APD to ensure they continue critical collaboration and joint planning with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. This will include joint training of agencies at the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. Additionally, APF will continue to nurture partnerships between the public and private security directors through the Atlanta Security Council.

Atlanta Police Foundation President & CEO

Dave Wilkinson

Dave Wilkinson

President & CEO

Atlanta Police Foundation Board Members

Our board members drive our success.

Executive Committee

Robin Loudermilk
The Loudermilk Companies


Bob Peterson
Vice Chairman/Secretary


Tye Darland
Georgia-Pacific LLC

Simon Bloom
Bloom Parham, LLP


David Dantzler
Troutman Pepper


Walt Ehmer
Waffle House


Mark Guiliano


Julia Houston


Josh Kamin
King & Spalding


Dr. Deepak Raghavan
Manhattan Associates INC/ Georgia State University


Jim Shelton
Shelton McNally Real Estate Partners 


Dave Wilkinson
Atlanta Police Foundation

Board of Trustees

Andre Anderson
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Ambrish Baisiwala
Portman Holdings


Leonte Benton
T. Dallas Smith & Company


Andy Berg
Homrich Berg


David Boehmig
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty


Norm Brothers


Paul Brown
Inspire Brands


Lee Burrows
Banks Streets Partners LLC


Chris Carlos
National Distributing Company


Larry Connolly
Connolly Family Foundation (Retired)

Carol Cookerly
Cookerly PR


Paul Corley
Empire Communities


Dan Eldridge


Jimmy Etheredge


Stewart Gantt
Manhattan Associates


Duncan Gibbs
TriStar Real Estate Investments


Derek Goshay
Genuine Parts Company


Mitch Graul
Wells Fargo


Ernest L. Greer
Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Daniel Grider
The Home Depot

Venessa Harrison


Karen J. Holcom
Acuity Brands, Inc.


Tad Hutcheson
Delta Air Lines


William J. Jordan
Alston & Bird LLP


Allan Kamensky


Audrey King
Georgia Power


Nathan B. Knowles
Colliers International


Steve Koonin
Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena


Beth Lowry
Holder Construction Co.


Kenneth Menendez
Freeman, Mathis, & Gary LLP


Douglas A. Murphy, M.D.
Emory Clinic


Page Naftel
White Cap


David E. Nahmias
Jones Day


Chuck Palmer
Troutman Pepper


Frank Patterson
Pinewood Atlanta Studios


Jenny Pruitt
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty


Justin Rannick
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC


John Richert
JP Morgan

Mark Riley
Urban Realty Partners


Napoleon Rutledge


Eric Schimpf
Merrill Lynch


Sachin Shailendra
SG Contracting


Lisa Smith
Georgia Power


Mark D. Wasserman
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


Tom Watson
Morgan Stanley, Retired


Ken D. Welch


Joe Whitley
Womble Bond


Thomas Worthy
Piedmont Healthcare

Emeritus Board

David Dantzler
Troutman Pepper


Calvin Darden
UPS, Retired

Bob Mathews
Colliers International


John F. O’Neill III

Leslie Patterson
Ernst & Young LLP


Christine (Chris) St. Clare
KPMG, Retired


Kevin Smith
Rollins, Inc.


C. Roland Vaughn III
4V Enterprises LLP


Young Executives Board

Richard Allen


Christopher Anderson
Georgia Power


Matt Baker


Andrew Braden
Braden Fellman


Taylor Brown  
New Market Properties


Collin Cannella

Reginald Chever II
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Matt Cochran
Global Payments


Nicholas Coleman
Morgan Franklin Consulting


Joe Crawford
Atlanta Property Group

Trey Edwards  
Braden Fellman


Thad Ellis III  
Ansley Real Estate 


Nikki Forman  


Noel Hardin    
COX Enterprises


Evan Karanovich  



Al Keeler      
ALDI Inc. Jefferson Division

Holly Lovett    
Southern Company Gas


Emmett Mercer


Hollis Montgomery   
The Hart Group at Morgan Stanley


Jack Murphy



Bailey Odom   
Dorsey Alston, Realtors

Becker O’Shaughnessey


Ryan Ries
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC


Michael Russell
Fenway Sports Management


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Atlanta Police Foundation

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