Archive for September, 2016

Funding go towards law enforcement jobs in Atlanta

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The Fire Rescue Department is getting funding for law enforcement jobs in Atlanta.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) has been awarded a $5.6 million grant from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The $5.6 million grant will enable AFRD to hire 47 new sworn firefighters. These new firefighters will support the core functions of the Department and enhance its ability to respond to emergencies in high density areas, as well as both residential and commercial high-rise buildings and large public assemblies.

“I am pleased to announce the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $5.6 million S.A.F.E.R. grant to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “With this award, the Department will be able to move forward in executing their strategic plan, which includes recruiting new firefighters and enhancing their capabilities to respond to emergencies and protect public safety. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is one of the finest departments in the country, and I congratulate Chief Joel Baker and all of the women and men who helped secure this grant.”

This is the second S.A.F.E.R. grant awarded to the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department under the Reed Administration. The first grant for $10 million was awarded in 2011 and resulted in 75 firefighters being hired. The guidelines of the S.A.F.E.R. grant require the AFRD to conduct a rigorous recruitment effort over the next 180 days. The $5.6 million grant will allow AFRD to retain the new firefighters for up to two years.

“I am excited that the new funds from the S.A.F.E.R. grant will enable the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department to recruit more quality women and men to join our family,” said AFRD Chief Joel Baker. “As we are able to put more experienced, knowledgeable firefighters in the field, we are better able to protect the safety of our residents and visitors. On behalf of the Department, I offer my appreciation to Mayor Kasim Reed for his ongoing support as we work to expand, improve and maintain our status as one of the most accomplished firefighting operations in the country.”

Awards honors those with law enforcement jobs in Atlanta

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The 2016 Crime is Toast awards are all about those who have law enforcement jobs in Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Department honored several employees for excellent service and actions beyond the call of duty. The Atlanta Police Foundation hosted the 13th annual Crime is Toast Breakfast which gathered business and community leaders in a display of support for the Atlanta Police Department in the Georgia Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The event began with a welcome by Robin Loudermilk, President and CEO of the Loudermilk Companies. The morning was highlighted by the State of Public Safety address given by Mayor Kasim Reed and the State of the Force speech given by Chief George N. Turner. It also included the annual Awards Ceremony, which recognizes acts of bravery and dedication by our men and women in blue throughout the year. Dave Wilkinson, President and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation gave closing remarks reminding everyone that only through working together will we achieve success.

List of Winners:

Officer of the Year: Officer Rodney Jones Jr. and Officer Dennis Booker

Investigator of the Year: Investigator Vincent Velazquez

Supervisor of the Year: Lieutenant Anthony Singh

Civilian Employee of the Year: Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Team
Sandra Tullis, Anthony Johnson, Raymond Lauzon, Antoinette Clay

Civilian Supervisor of the Year: Scandia McCray

Department Commendation: Officer Ronald Paxson and Officer Kimberly Williams

Purple Heart: Officer Justin Fong-Borden

Medal of Honor: Officer TaSheena Brown

Meritorious Service Award: Officer Bahri Durmishi and Officer Juan Nunez

Marion Lee Trailblazer Award: Douglas Evans

The Judge Arthur Kaplan Community Service Award: Sergeant Alicia Turner

Grant to create construction jobs in Atlanta

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Atlanta has been awarded a $10 million TIGER grant for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Project, a move that will create Atlanta construction jobs.

The TIGER grant will fund mobility, safety and aesthetic improvements on the seven-mile road from downtown Atlanta to the western limits of the city, enhancing access for the thousands of people who live, work and travel along the corridor.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Project is the first of its kind in the U.S. The improvements to the seven-mile street will include synchronized traffic lights, new sidewalks and a multi-use trail with new landscaping, historic signage, street furniture, upgraded crosswalks, distinctive paving with ADA ramps, public art displays at major intersections, improved medians, new street lighting and a pocket park in the median of the road. The project will provide new mobility options and increase access to transit, employment centers and services along the length of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and will improve safety for all users of the corridor.

Additionally, the project promotes a range of affordable, accessible mobility options connecting residents of the corridor to rail stations, bus routes, trails, schools and more. The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works held multiple public meetings and incorporated residents’ input into the streetscape improvement plan.

Earlier this year, the Atlanta City Council passed legislation authorizing the City to partner with the Georgia Department of Transportation to begin resurfacing along the seven-mile corridor, allowing the City to further extend its resources. The total cost for the full Innovation Corridor Project is $22.9 million; TIGER grant will cover just under half of the full cost.

“For the eighth year running, TIGER will inject critical infrastructure dollars into communities across the country,” said Secretary Foxx. “This unique program rewards innovative thinking and collaborative solutions to difficult and sometimes dangerous transportation problems. A great TIGER program doesn’t just improve transportation; it expands economic opportunity and transforms a community.”