The City of Atlanta is divided into six geographic areas – known as Zones – for the purposes of allocating APD resources. Each Zone is then divided into 13-14 “beats” assigned to a specific officer for patrol purposes. The Zones are divided, generally, as follows:
Zone 1: Northwest Atlanta
Zone 2: Buckhead/Northeast Atlanta
Zone 3: Southeast Atlanta
Zone 4: Southwest Atlanta
Zone 5: Downtown/Midtown Atlanta
Zone 6: East Atlanta
Periodic statistical examinations of the Zone boundaries are made, with consideration given to factors such as economic growth, population growth, traffic patterns and calls for service, and adjustments are made as necessary to ensure that each Zone carries roughly the same workload. The process is known as a beat realignment, the last of which occurred in 2011. For this beat redesign, APD relied on the assistance of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The following changes were made:
- Current Beat 203, on the southwest border of Zone 2 which includes the neighborhoods of Riverside, Whittier Mill Village, Hills Park, Bolton, and Blandtown, will become Beat 103, the northernmost area of Zone 1.
- Current Beat 103, in an area west of Downtown east of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and north of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard that encompasses the English Avenue neighborhood and portions of west Midtown, will become Beat 506, becoming the westernmost portion of Zone 5.
- Current Beat 506, encompassing eastern portions of Midtown known as the “Garden District,” will become Beat 614, as part of Zone 6.
- Current Beat 213, in an area of northeast Atlanta that includes Cheshire Bridge Road on the northern border and the Morningside and Piedmont Heights neighborhoods, will become Beat 613, as part of Zone 6.
“It’s important that we examine our officer workload periodically and with the help of Georgia Tech we were able to do so in a data-driven manner,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier, commander of APD’s Field Operations Division. “We are confident these changes will balance the workload in all Zones.”