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NOTICE IS GIVEN as provided in the ATLANTA COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ACT, approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 3653) as amended, that a Caucus of Electors of the Buckhead Community Improvement District shall be held on the 24th day of May, 2017, in the Regent Partners Conference Room on the 15th Floor of the Tower Place 100 Building, 3340 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 30326. The purpose of the Caucus is to elect Board members to Posts 4, 6 and 8 to serve on the Buckhead Community Improvement District Board. An additional purpose is to vote on the question, “Shall the Buckhead Community Improvement District be dissolved?” Registration for the election shall be held from 7:15 o’clock A.M. to 8:00 o’clock A.M. Voting will occur immediately thereafter. A map of said District is on file with the Clerk of the Atlanta City Council and Fulton County Tax Commissioner. All Electors as designated under the Act are invited to attend and cast their votes.
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On January 25, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) board of directors unanimously approved the purchase of 30 cameras and 20 license plate readers for Operation Shield within the BCID boundaries at a cost of $705,000.
Since 2011, the BCID has worked in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF), installing a wireless network-based public safety surveillance system as part of Operation Shield that enables the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Police Video Integration Center to proactively provide police services to the community. The camera system, which through 2015 included 19 cameras, provides real-time situational awareness of key areas within the CID and records camera images for post-incident investigation. With the approval, the number of cameras will increase to over 50.
“It’s critical that people who live, work, play and shop in Buckhead feel safe and secure at all times. We believe these added wireless cameras and license plate readers will create a force-multiplier for crime prevention and emergency preparedness,” said Jim Durrett, executive director – BCID.
The Atlanta Police Foundation and The Atlanta Police Department, in partnership with the Atlanta Security Council, Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and Midtown Alliance launched Operation Shield in April 2007. Its three-pronged approach includes a Video Integration Center, emergency text alerts and COMNET, an exclusive and dedicated two-way radio security communications network. This approach enables members to effectively bridge communication gaps between the Atlanta Police Department and the City’s business communities.
“We could not be more pleased with the BCID board’s decision to increase their video integration, which will allow us to provide a more comprehensive view of the community on an ongoing basis,” said Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO – Atlanta Police Foundation.
The BCID cameras are expected to be installed in June 2017 and will be located throughout the district, including two cameras dedicated to Charlie Loudermilk Park in the heart of Buckhead.
Buckhead police will have increased surveillance capability with the addition of 50 security cameras and license plate-readers.
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Automated police surveillance of central Buckhead will get a big increase this year, with an installation of 20 cameras and 30 license-plate readers.
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