The phrase PUBLIC SAFETY FIRST describes the primacy of citizen concerns that dominate this year’s elections for mayor and City Council. Violent crime is surging in Atlanta – up 17 percent from 2020.
To address this scourge, the Atlanta Police Foundation is hosting a series of candidate briefings, public forums and a formal televised debate on public safety.
APF’s Mayoral Election Series began with one-on-one briefings of mayoral candidates about the state of Atlanta crime.
On Sept. 16, APF will host the Atlanta Crime Forum, a two-hour discussion between the Atlanta area’s law enforcement leaders from the local, state and federal levels. The event will take place at the downtown Hilton Garden Hotel, on Baker Street. Mayoral candidates will be given an opportunity to speak and take questions from the public at the conclusion of the discussion. The entire event will be open to the public and livestreamed at Facebook.com/AtlPoliceFdn.
On September 23, APF will host the At-Promise Youth Forum: Mayoral Edition, where mayoral candidates will be invited to meet with young people and exchange views on youth crime.
Finally, on October 10 – two days before early voting begins – the Atlanta Police Foundation and WSB-TV will host the leading mayoral candidates for a one-hour, prime time debate specifically on public safety.
The Atlanta Police Foundation is non-partisan but as we have done in the past mayoral elections, we’re committed to robust debate on the issue that is perennially the most important to our citizens: Public Safety.
The APF Public Safety First Mayoral Election Series:
- Mayoral Candidate Briefings
- Mayoral Public Safety Forum & Crime Expert Panel, Sept. 16
- Atlanta Youth Crime Symposium, Sept. 23
- Mayoral Public Safety Debate, in partnership with WSB-TV, Oct. 10