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Atlanta Police Department Deploys Its First Body Cameras

Dec 16, 2016
The new body cameras APD Zone 4 officers are using attach to their uniforms with magnets.
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It will be the end of next year before all Atlanta police officers have body cameras.

Field officers in Zone 4 of the Atlanta Police Department, which is in the Cascade area of southwest Atlanta, are the first in the department to be equipped with body cameras. Officers have trained on how to use the cameras and have been wearing them for the past month.

Chief George Turner admits outfitting the officers was long overdue.

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Atlanta officials and business leaders broke ground on a new youth center on the city's Westside Wednesday. The site chosen for redevelopment sat in an area of English Avenue filled with gutted homes.

"In the hills of all the blight that you see here,” said outgoing Atlanta Police Chief George Turner in his remarks, “there are still men and women that have a desire to raise their family and make a difference in their lives.”

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Police Chief George Turner will be retiring from his post at the end of the year – after spending 35 years with the Atlanta Police Department.

The news was met with sadness from the business-led Atlanta Police Foundation, the organization that has worked closely with Turner since he was made police chief in 2010.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is as Atlanta as one can be. He was born at Grady Hospital, and he grew up in the Perry Homes public housing neighborhood.

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Nov 30, 2016
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said at a community forum Monday she's proud of the Atlanta Police Department -- and local communities -- for working closely together

Yates is former U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

The forum in Atlanta included criminal justice and civil rights leaders like Andrew Young and C. T. Vivian. It was closed to the media. 

But during some opening statements, Yates said it's not the events of Ferguson or Charlotte that are causing a rift between law enforcement and people of color.

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After five straight nights of demonstrations, the Atlanta Police Department says it's not anticipating any major action Tuesday night.

Demonstration organizers met with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed early Thursday morning outside the Georgia governor's mansion in Buckhead.

They're scheduled to meet again next week with Reed and Police Chief George Turner.

Local activist Avery Jackson helped organize the recent mostly peaceful demonstrations that began last Thursday, and drew a total of more than 10,000 to the streets.

David Goldman / Associated Press

A fifth night of demonstrations Monday in Atlanta over recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota ended with a meeting between organizers, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the city’s police chief.

Hundreds of protesters marched in Buckhead and gathered in front of the governor’s mansion, saying they wouldn’t leave until Police Chief George Turner and Reed came to meet with them.

Atlanta Police Chief Georgia Turner speaks to media after an attack on police officers in Dallas.
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After the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Atlanta’s police chief George Turner says its force will change tactics as it patrols protests and marches Friday night and potentially into the weekend.

“Our officers feel that they are under attack. But they are very professional in the work that they are providing and the service that they are rendering to our citizens,” said Turner.

GSU Winter 2015
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Atlanta police say they're now monitoring more than 250 surveillance cameras on Georgia State University's campus.

Department officials said in a statement Tuesday that the university's 253 exterior video surveillance cameras have been integrated with the Atlanta Police Department's Operation Shield Video Integration Center, which includes 6,000 cameras.

Police Chief George Turner says the partnership will help improve security on campus and help police more quickly solve crimes and respond to incidents on campus.

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Atlanta's police chief has been named the new president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

An association news release says Chief George Turner assumed the role of 2015/2016 president on Tuesday. The association represents more than 500 chiefs of police and other heads of law enforcement agencies across the state.

Part of Turner's new duties include chairing the association's executive board and appointing committee chairs.

Atlanta Police Department Chief George Tuner in the A Closer Look studio, March 2, 2015
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The head of Atlanta's police force said a large-scale crackdown on the city's heroin trade is in full swing.  

But Chief George Turner, speaking Tuesday evening as part of an Atlanta Press Club panel on poverty, may have said too much.

Atlanta's police Chief George N. Turner (shown with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed) is joining the executive board of a national law enforcement organization.
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He is a 32-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, and some consider Chief George Turner a pillar of the community.

Under his leadership, and with strong backing from Mayor Kasim Reed, the Atlanta Police Department reached its goal of 2,000 sworn-in officers in 2013.