If you want more police protection, a YES vote for the City of Brookhaven on July 31 will help make it happen.
DeKalb County and its coordinated “No City” Campaign are trying to convince you that “DeKalb has 1.7 officers per 1,000 residents. For Brookhaven this would mean a police force of 83 officers.” This is direct quote from their campaign materials.
This is a false statement. DeKalb has nowhere near 83 officers, and nowhere near 1.7 officers per 1,000 residents, allocated to our area.
Last week, we showed you that DeKalb County inflates their actual police numbers (click for article). Specifically, we published watch sheets (click for PDF), or officer schedules, from the North Precinct.
The watch sheets reveal that the 49,000 residents of the proposed City of Brookhaven have had no more than 3 to 5 officers patrolling our area and answering 911 calls on many occasions.
The proposed City of Brookhaven is expected to increase the number of police patrols to a minimum of 8 to 9.
Participants in a DeKalb County program known as the Citizens’ Police Academy were kind enough to pass along to us via e-mail the following information:
“Two weeks ago, a Captain from the North Precinct came to speak to us. According to the Captain, the North Precinct currently has only 60 sworn officers to patrol the 29 square miles which comprise North Precinct.”
Remember that the proposed City of Brookhaven includes approximately 49,000 residents and 12 square miles.
To get to the number of DeKalb officers currently allocated to Brookhaven, let’s do the math on the information furnished by the Captain: 60 North Precinct officers divided by 29 square miles in the North Precinct multiplied by the 12 square miles in Brookhaven equals…
ONLY 25 DeKalb County police officers allocated to Brookhaven.
You may not be aware that Major Kevin Ellison, the commanding officer of the North Precinct, is presently running for Sheriff of Dawson County. Major Ellison has posted some information on his campaign website that verifies the calculation we just made:
“In 2010, Chief Bill O’Brien appointed Kevin to the rank of Major and assigned him to command the North Precinct. This command consisted of 100 sworn officers and civilian personnel, a population of over 200,000, and a budget of 10 million dollars.”
Click here to see Major Ellison’s website. Click here to see a PDF in case the website is altered.
Here’s the math on the information from Major Ellison: 100 North Precinct officers (perhaps this is generous, because the quote also mentions “civilian personnel”) divided by 200,000 people in the North Precinct multiplied by the 49,000 people in Brookhaven equals…
Again, ONLY 25 DeKalb County police officers allocated to Brookhaven.
At 25 officers, DeKalb County allocates only 0.5 officers per 1,000 residents to Brookhaven. This fact, revealed in the statements of two leaders of the North Precinct, is further solidified by the watch sheets we showed you. It’s no wonder there are 3 to 5 patrols at times!
The Brookhaven feasibility study performed by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia mentions 53 officers for the proposed city. This is not the final number of officers, as your locally elected city council will decide the actual number of officers.
However, it’s clear the Brookhaven allocation of 1.1 officers per 1,000 residents would be an improvement over the number of officers that DeKalb County is currently providing us.
1.1 officers per 1,000 residents will be an improvement over DeKalb’s 0.5 per 1,000, but only with your YES vote on July 31.
Monday, July 9, 2012
We received this in an email from "Brookhaven Yes". If there is a "Brookhaven No", or something similar, we will give them equal space.
Posted by DeKalb Officers at 7/09/2012