The population in Midtown continues to grow: 15,000 residents, 65,000 daytime workers and 6 million annual visitors, all in a 1.2 square mile area. Overall, crime in the Midtown Improvement District was down in 2015, compared to the year prior, with an average of 1.3 “person-on-person” crimes reported per week. But we know there's more work to do to keep Midtown safe.
Our public safety strategy includes patrolling, monitoring, education, collaboration and enforcement to protect and serve all who live, work, and visit the Midtown Improvement District. Midtown Blue's team of more than 40 off-duty Atlanta Police Department (APD) officers provides 'round the clock coverage, augmenting APD’s on-duty patrols. And in 2015, we launched the Midtown Blue Public Safety Patrol, providing extra support and more interaction. This adds up to one of the most robust public safety programs of its kind in the U.S.
This new program to augment off-duty APD police officers was created from the ground up in 2015. Midtown Alliance hired seven civilian public safety officers to create additional street patrol presence in the District.
Midtown Blue's off-duty APD officers and Public Safety Patrol team work exclusively in the public right of ways of the Midtown Improvement District.
Harry Mercer, Director of Security for Bank of America
Midtown Blue also holds quarterly public safety meetings for our MID public safety partners representing: APD, MARTA, Georgia Tech, SCAD, Emory, the Federal Reserve, commercial and residential property owners, private security and others. These meetings provide useful information that keeps lines of communication open between law enforcement, private security and commercial property managers.
There are ten types of Part 1 crimes tracked by APD Zone 5. These figures relate only to Part 1 crimes that occurred within the boundaries of the Midtown Improvement District.
In 2016, Midtown Blue and APD will start up additional bicycle patrols and add new reporting technology.