Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 23, 2013

Let’s all do our part to keep our city safe

AMERICUS —

Americus, Georgia remains a peaceful place to live, work and raise a family. The men and women of the Americus Police Department (APD) continue to focus our efforts on improving the quality of life of our wonderful city through a dynamic commitment to Community Policing. In our 2012 Vision statement we emphasized our “continued development and growth into a premier Community Oriented Policing Agency.” Essentially our vision for 2013 remains the same as it relates to Community Oriented Policing.

The organizational culture of the APD stresses strengthening our law enforcement agency as well as our relationships with the community through transparency and good communications. We must ask the community to do the same.

A recent burglary problem we experienced in Districts 3 and 4 came to a successful conclusion (this past weekend) with 4 arrests through good communications and sound collaboration between the police and the community. In promoting a continuance of this dynamic we must emphasize the need for “good/quality” communications.

When a crime occurs in close proximity of our homes we have the propensity to feel violated. This is a normal feeling. The closer the crime is to where we live, the more threatened we feel. We perceive that we are not safe. However, most of the time this isn’t the case, and if we are practicing the measures recommended to us in our Neighborhood Watch and Crime Prevention meetings, we are safe. We must not allow insecure perceptions to become our realities. One only has to monitor social media sites to observe how distorted and damaging perceptions can be if we allow them to become our reality.

Let us recognize two important facts: 1) A small number of individuals are committing most of the crimes in our city 2) These individuals are recidivists / repeat offenders. APD not only is aware of this but, we are aggressively pursuing the individuals who are responsible for the majority of our crime issues. One only has to consider the following information to become a believer. Thus far in 2013, we have taken into custody 12 suspects related to burglary charges. This does not include suspects that have outstanding warrants but are not in custody. (We are searching for the individuals whom we have warrants on)

These are profiles of the 12 suspects we have arrested in the past 6 weeks:

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