Community policing is a core principle of the Atlanta Police Department. APD has long recognized that its officers must have a first-hand knowledge of the people and neighborhoods that they protect and serve. APF’s Secure Neighborhoods initiative addresses this fundamental mission by enabling officers to live and work in the city which they serve.
The program has four components:
- The Secure Neighborhoods Home Officers Program
- The Community Courtesy Officer Program
- The Community Safety Housing Program
- Unity Place Recruit Housing
THE SECURE NEIGHBORHOODS HOME OFFICERS PROGRAM provides APD officers with the opportunity to purchase a new home at reduced costs in select neighborhoods within the City of Atlanta. In return, officers agree to actively patrol their new neighborhoods and participate in community associations and neighborhood events. As of this writing, 26 officers have purchased homes, two have rented homes, and 16 new homes are under construction. We expect to build an additional 14 homes by 4Q 2024.
COMMUNITY COURTESY OFFICER PROGRAM provides unique and affordable pathways to in-city residency for participating APD officers. Through the program, qualified APD officers are selected to serve as neighborhood ambassadors through community engagement. This program supports recruitment and retention efforts for these critical first responders. Our goal is to place 150 APD officers in various apartment communities over the next three years.
COMMUNITY SAFETY HOUSING PROGRAM subsidizes in-city apartment residency for Atlanta’s first responders, including fire, correctional, and police personnel. In return, they work with their apartment’s management to build community trust, deter crime, and increase public safety in apartment communities. Thus far, the City of Atlanta has given $500,000 toward this program to financially support first responders with up to $850 per month toward rent.
UNITY PLACE RECRUIT HOUSING opened in February 2022 on the Westside. Funded by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the apartment complex houses 30 APD recruits during the six months of training in the Police Academy. The program – unique in the nation – helps our recruits learn the culture of the neighborhood in which they live and are sworn to protect. This commitment to community engagement has been so successful that APF is planning to build another Recruit Housing Complex in 2024.
For more information or to apply for the program, please visit www.secureneighborhoods.info.