Atlanta Police Citizens Police Academy - Application Deadline August 27

Always wanted to learn more about the Atlanta Police Department? Then consider joining the next Citizens Police Academy this fall. Applications are due by August 27th, 2019. Classes start Tuesday, September 10th. All sessions take place on Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm.

You must be at least 21 years old, a resident or employee who works in Metropolitan Atlanta and be able to pass a background check. For an application, please contact Elizabeth Espy, Atlanta Police Community Events Director, at

The Atlanta Citizens Police Academy includes twenty-plus hours of skilled and professional instruction delivered in three-hour sessions.  

Classes topics may include: Department Overview, Crime Lab procedures,  911 operations, Airport, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Identity Theft, Use of Force, Active Shooter, SWAT visit, homicide investigations and more!

The Citizens Police Academy is held at Atlanta Police Headquarters, 226 Peachtree St. SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 unless otherwise specified.

Download the application here: Citizens Police Academy Application

You can also contact the Atlanta Police Community Events Director:
Elizabeth Espy, 404-546-2541, email:

Hand deliver or mail the completed application to:
Atlanta Police Department
Attn. Elizabeth Espy
226 Peachtree St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Download the one page of information here: APD 2019 Citizens Police Academy Information

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 19 - 25

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 19 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, August 20 - Beecher-Donnelly Community Association - 7pm, West End Family Life & Community Center (1191 Donnelly Ave SW). Covers the area between Oakland Drive and Cascade, from Richland to Donnelly.
  • NOTE: There is no Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization meeting this week 
  • Saturday, August 24 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road) Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit.
External Events:
  • Wednesday, August 21 - NPU-I Meeting - 7pm, CT Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center (3201 MLK Dr.). Covers the neighborhoods of Audubon Forest, Beecher Hills, Cascade Heights, Collier Heights, Florida Heights, Ivan Hill, Mangum Manor, Peyton Forest, West Manor, Westhaven, and Westwood Terrace.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Atlanta Streets Alive Route,Timing, and Local Access Updates

From Sagirah Jones, Atlanta Streets Alive Community Engagement Coordinator (, 404-881-1112 x 10):

1) Route modification: The route runs from Cascade Avenue (at the intersection of Donnelly Avenue) to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard (at West Ontario Avenue) continuing on to Georgia Avenue (at Hank Aaron Drive).  This morning, MARTA provided an approved bus re-route plan that does not place undue burden on transit users the way the previous route would have.

2) Time change: The program run time has changed from 2pm - 6pm to 2:30pm - 6:30pm. This was a compromise between church leaders' preferred program start time of 3pm and resident feedback asking for the start time to stay at 2pm. Additionally, this end time provides enough daylight time to safely clear the streets (sunset will occur around 7:25pm).

3) Local access:  Churches, residents, and businesses directly on the route will have street access until 1:30pm. At the end of the program, local street access will begin again at 7pm. We just ask that drivers use caution during these times as there will be program partners, workers, and volunteers setting up and breaking down the program.

As we move forward with program delivery to neighborhoods that support Atlanta Streets Alive and were extremely vocal in having the program in Southwest Atlanta in order to assist with the advocacy efforts of their communities, we want to ensure we have provided solutions that accommodate your concerns.

Additionally, you are invited to attend a Community Info Session on Thursday, August 22nd, 5:30pm at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. The session will provide you with more information about our program and advocacy, as well as share details on how your business, church, or organization can participate. Please RSVP at Food and beverages will be provided.

Fulton County to Open 3 Early Voting Sites Aug 26 – Sept 13 for Special Election

Residents of Fulton Commission District 6 and Atlanta Board of Education District 2 County voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the September 17 Special Election. Residents are encouraged to verify their eligibility to vote in this special election by visiting before heading to the polls and to take advantage of Early Voting to avoid long lines on Election Day.

Three early voting locations will be open:

  • Monday, Aug 26 – Friday, Aug 30: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 – Saturday, Sept 7: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept 2)
  • Monday, Sept 9 – Friday, Sept 13: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • NO Sunday Voting

Early Voting Locations:

  • Fairburn Library, 60 Valley View Dr, Fairburn 30213
  • Fulton County Government, Center 130 Peachtree St, SW Atlanta 30303
  • South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Rd, College Park 30349

Residents can verify their voter eligibility in this election by visiting

Election Day for the 2019 Special Election will be Tuesday, Sept 17. Eligible voters have to vote at their designated polling location on Election Day.

Visit or call 404-612-7020 for more information.

Atlanta Beltline Southwest Study Group Meeting - Subarea 1 and LCI Master Plan Updates, August 28, 6pm, The MET

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and City of Atlanta Planning Department teamed up to coordinate two Master Planning efforts – Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 and West End Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Master Plan updates. The Subarea 1 geography includes the West End LCI area and several more neighborhoods – Westview, Adair Park, Oakland City; parts of Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh and Cascade Avenue.

This is an opportunity to report out on findings from several public meetings throughout the spring and summer and help prioritize the draft final recommendations for land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), mobility (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes, transit), parks and greenspace in BeltLine Subarea 1.

This is the third of four planned public meetings, followed by meetings with the affected NPUs inside the subarea, and ultimately City Council approval.

August 28, 2019 from 6-8pm
The MET (The Metropolitan Studio Lofts)
680 Murphy Ave. SW, Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30310 (Building 675)

Event info

More information available on the event flyer, which can be accessed here:

Oakland City MARTA Station finally getting Murphy St. elevator


MARTA staff has been installing supporting equipment such as fire protection, elevator communications, CCTV cameras, and a new MARTA Police Department area in the concourse to ensure the safety and security of the station.
The current schedule has the elevator opening in mid-October, after a round of safety inspections and testing. MARTA and Schindler are working to complete the project sooner to better serve customers.

Reopened NPU-S bylaws effort

After bringing the (proposed) revised NPU-S bylaws to the July NPU-S meeting and to assorted neighborhood associations, several people have suggested clarifications and changes, and others wrote in with questions.

Given the level of interest shown in the bylaws update, and given that the bylaws must be submitted to the City by September 30th, the Executive Committee has signed off on a plan to reopen the update effort in a timely manner.

Briefly, we will hold a special bylaws meeting to put together a ballot of proposed changes.  They will then be voted on at the September General Meeting. This way, each change can be considered by the entire Body, instead of presenting a completed work for an up-or-down vote.

Here are the details:

  • The bylaws meeting will be held September 7, from 11am to 1pm, at the Outdoor Activity Center (1441 Richland Rd).  If you cannot make it in person, you can participate either online  at or by calling in on the conference line at 314-474-2124‬ PIN ‪323 519 045‬#.
  • The goal of the meeting is not to come up with a finished set of bylaws. Instead, the goal will be to create a ballot of proposed changes to the bylaws, along with explanatory text for each proposal. 
  • The ballot will be published on social media and distributed to the neighborhood organizations ahead of the September 19th General Meeting. 
  • At the September meeting, the Body will participate in a "vote-a-rama" on the ballot items. 

This approach should offer a good balance between speed, openness, and flexibility. We are grateful for the renewed interest that the community has shown in this fundamental topic.