ATLANTA - The Atlanta Police Foundation has launched an initiative to foster better relationships between communities and their police officers.
Atlanta’s Police Chief George Turner cut the ribbon Friday on five new homes being purchased by police officers on the city’s Westside. The homes, located on James P Brawley Drive, were bought through the foundation’s Westside Security Plan program, which creates incentives for officers to move into blighted areas.
The program provides a $500 per month stipend to officers who live and serve in the community for at least five years.
The Atlanta Police Foundation partnered with the city’s housing authority and several other groups to move officers into strategic neighborhoods throughout the city to increase police visibility and enhance engagement.
The Atlanta Police Department says they plan to build 20 to 25 new homes on Atlanta’s Westside by 2020.