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South Fulton to get new crime-fighting gear
by Christine Fonville
September 25, 2013 12:03 PM | 1039 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fulton County police said they are “cracking down on crime in a big way,” in south Fulton by securing new crime -fighting equipment.

Police scheduled an unveiling Tuesday at LA Fitness in College Park and subsequent displays at the Cascade Crossing shopping center in Atlanta and Parkway Village on Campbellton-Fairburn Road.

Residents who attended were invited to ask questions and learn more about the new, crime-fighting gear.

County spokeswoman Jolene Freeman said in a statement the new equipment “helps police in their efforts to make south Fulton a safer place for business and residents,” and will be used to help stop “a significant amount of robberies around the Old National Highway Corridor area.”

She said there have been 54 robberies since Jan. 1.

“The most recent robbery that occurred in this area involved a man robbed at gunpoint that sustained multiple gunshot wounds,” Freeman said.

Funding for the new items came from federal funding, however, the total amount of the grants were not disclosed.

Capt. Wade Yates, operations commander, said the equipment will help police and SWAT team members combat a rising number of crimes in the city.

The new items include:

A BearCat vehicle, which is an armored transport impervious to most ammunition and used by SWAT team members to rescue citizens during active shootings.

A helicopter infrared system, map and spotlight, which will be used to find perpetrators fleeing a crime scene or help locate lost children.

T3 patrollers, which are three-wheeled scooters able to maneuver on sidewalks and will help officers respond to emergencies during events with large crowds like festivals.

A delivery vehicle which holds about 18 SWAT operators and helps move them together from area to area.

“Each piece of equipment serves an individual and important purpose in keeping citizens and police safe,” Yates said.

He said each item is “outfitted with advanced technology that makes it multifunctional.”

For example, Yates said, the delivery vehicle will protect civilians in hostage situations and serve as a “rest station” for SWAT members.

“It can hold 18 officers comfortably and help them cool down during the hot summers or warm up during the winter,” he said.

Yates said the benefit to the community will be understood once residents see the equipment in action.

Police Chief Cassandra Jones, who recently answered citizens’ questions about crime and safety in south Fulton at Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards’ most recent listening session, said the county is dedicated to improving public safety.

“This equipment enhances our services we provide to our citizens and helps us when combating criminal activity,” she said at the session.

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