In late 2011, the Atlanta Police Department finished redrawing the boundaries of its six police zones and one result was that Zone 5 -- which covers neighborhoods including Midtown, Ansley Park, Home Park, Georgia Tech and Atlantic Station – no longer includes the Old Fourth Ward and most of the south curb of Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Those areas are now part of Zone 6, which means the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance (MPSA) is now working with two precincts instead of one to address the major issues affecting the Midtown area.
On Monday, March 12, a special safety meeting will be held at , located at 224 Ponce de Leon Ave., to introduce Major Keith Meadows of Zone 6 to the Midtown community. Major Christopher Leighty of Zone 5 will also be in attendance, as they will speak about recent trends in the immediate community and how they will address them.
Most noteworthy will be enhanced coverage of the Parkway Drive/Boulevard corridor, coordination of coverage of Ponce by two precincts, and recent street robberies in Midtown and surrounding area.
Other key police officers will be in attendance, and Sgt. Bill Cooper, patrol manager of the MPSA, will provide an update on his recent actions and observations.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and residents are encouraged to come early to socialize.
As a result of the December 2011 redrawing, Zone 5 shrank in size from 8.3 to 6.8 square miles. Across the city, a total of 12 beats were added -- increasing the number from 66 to 78 beats. A beat is a geographic area to which one patrolling officer is assigned per shift.
Zone 5 added one police beat, increasing the total number of beats in the zone to 12. The beats around Atlantic Station, Home Park and Georgia Tech were reduced in size. The beats covering Sherwood Forest and Ansley Park were increased in size.
As a result of the beat changes, Zone 5 gained one patrol car and five additional police officers.
To view copies of the zone maps, a Power Point about the plan and other documents, click here. To determine which Atlanta police zone you reside in, visit here and click on the “Find My Zone” tab located at the top of the page.