Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell is set to announce the formation of a 30-day task force that will address the trend of crime on college campuses.
The task force is a follow-up action from a meeting held between Mitchell and campus representatives from metro Atlanta colleges and universities, including Georgia State, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta University Center.
Crime on and around Tech's campus has been highly profiled in the news of late. This week at a public safety-related press conference in the Home Park neighborhood across the street from the campus, Mayor Kasim Reed said, “Georgia Tech … really is an essential element to the City of Atlanta’s success. So to the extent that Georgia Tech has a problem, Atlanta has a problem."
Mitchell is expected to announce the formation of the task force next Monday in the council chamber at City Hall. The task force will be charged with making a set of specific yet uniform safety recommendations to the Mayor, the Atlanta Police Department, campus presidents and public safety representatives that can be implemented at the beginning of the fall semester.
“It is imperative that we formulate a plan now to keep our students safe when they return to school,” stated Mitchell in a release. “Parents and students need to know that the City has a concrete plan to help keep students safe while they are on and around their respective campuses.”
The president will be collaborating with Public Safety Committee Chair Michael Julian Bond on the coordination and implementation of the task force.
Members of the task force will focus on strategies to reduce the numbers reflected in the 2010-11 statistics, provided by the Atlanta Police Department, of crimes on and around college campuses. Those stats include:
- 1,886 reported larceny cases (vehicle and non-vehicle)
- 161 reported cases of robbery (pedestrian)
- 39 reported burglaries (residence and nonresidential)
- 170 reported cases of robbery (residential and commercial)
- 296 reported cases of auto theft
- 4 reported cases of rape
- 135 reported cases of aggravated assault
- 4 homicide cases