The new officers are Mark Sampl, president; Trisha Thompson, first vice president; Barbara Malone, second vice president; Margaret Brown, secretary; and Doug Falciglia, treasurer.
Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose spoke to the group, which is composed of homeowners’ associations in the city.
“What we do have and what our main concern is are property crimes,” said Rose. “We have a lot of things stolen from cars in shopping malls and fitness centers, because people leave things in their cars.”
Rose said the city was split into north and south, with each district having designated captains and communications sergeants.
When it comes to safety, Rose said to always call 911 if there is any doubt or suspicion in your mind.
The new north Fulton radio system is expected to kick off within 18 months, according to Rose, but he said it would not be a bad idea to tell 911 you are in the city of Sandy Springs if calling from a cell phone. If you are routed to the county’s radio system, it will cost you an extra 10 minutes.
Rose said the police department has a total of 130 officers, but its ideal size is 140.
“During the day, we have a quarter million people here,” he said. “We would like to have enough officers so we can get to non-emergency calls in about 10 minutes and emergency calls in a couple of minutes.”
The captain said gangs were not a huge problem in the area, but the force is staying in tune to the Mexican drug cartel situation.
“Our biggest concern is the Mexican drug cartels,” he said. “Believe it or not, their plan is to get into the suburbs and blend in.”
Rose said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has earmarked funds for the purpose of breaking up the cartels.
The city partners with the Dunwoody and Johns Creek police for its drug task force and SWAT teams.