To increase the police presence in East Atlanta during the summer, the East Atlanta Security Patrol (EASP) is offering new memberships for the quarter beginning July 1st. All membership dollars go toward funding extra police patrols in East Atlanta. The goal is to discourage crime from occurring in our neighborhood rather than trying to catch criminals after crimes are committed. We just added an additional officer, so we’d love for more people to become members so that we can increase his hours! Encourage your neighbors to join as well, as patrol time is weighted toward areas where our members are concentrated. Patrols are also allocated based on which parts of the neighborhood are experiencing the most crime.
Members of the EASP may request extra patrols when away from home for work or on vacation, including the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the December holidays and for New Year’s. By submitting a simple form, members receive extra patrols at their homes from both the EASP officers and APD officers.
Membership in the EASP is $50 per quarter, with a one-time charge of $15 for administrative fees and an EASP yard sign. Memberships are offered for 3, 6 and 12 months. If you join this month, your membership will begin on July 1st.
In addition to extra police patrols in our community, the EASP works closely with the Atlanta Police Department to share information about crime threats or new patterns of crime. When appropriate, the EASP shares this information with the community via the EASP website, Facebook and Twitter. The EASP also addresses quality of life issues, which can range from abandoned cars to noise complaints, difficult neighbors to speeding in our neighborhood.
The EASP, in its fifteenth eleventh year of operation, employs off-duty Zone Six police officers to perform additional patrols within Beat 612, which is the police designation for the East Atlanta community. All patrol officers are armed, in uniform, with full arrest powers. All vehicles are clearly marked on both sides with the EASP emblem or are APD marked cars. The EASP employs experienced officers who know the East Atlanta community and have a vested interest in keeping our neighborhood safe. Major crime categories are all down 80-90% over the past ten years, and East Atlanta has not been subject to the increasing and violent crime that many Atlanta neighborhoods have faced in the past year.