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Old 05-15-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Morningside, Atlanta, GA
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What people fail to realize about rail to trail conversions like the Beltline is that the criminal element was using those spaces before the conversion. While many harmless homeless people lived in the Kudzu maze that was the Eastside trail, other people used the area for criminal purposes.

Kentucky Police Chief: Trail Likely to Deter Crime in Hopkinsville - RTC TrailBlog - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:49 AM
JPD
 
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Reynoldstown will be home base for the new APD Beltline patrol unit.

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) in its strong commitment to the
Atlanta Beltline Project, will be launching a new unit within APD, to
provide Public Safety to the Atlanta Beltline, it’s adjoining parks, and
communities. This comes from a grant awarded to APD from the U.S.
Department of Justice. The new unit will be called the APD’s Path Force
Unit, and will consist of (15-20) Police Officers that will get out and
Patrol the Atlanta Beltline, adjoining Parks and Communities.

The Patrolling methods will come in the form of Foot Patrols, Bicycle
patrol, Horse patrol (provided by our APD Mounted Patrol Unit), along with
specialized motorized vehicles. In addition to actively Patrolling, we will
also offer programs to engage and foster citizen participation through our
Community Orientated Policing model. An example of this will be to
incorporate a Trail Watch program, similar to a Neighborhood Watch Program
but tailored to the Atlanta Beltline Trail sections.

I have been working closely with the Atlanta Beltline since the start of
this year in creating the new Path Force unit, and in developing programs.
I regularly attend Atlanta Beltline meetings, and provide input on making
sure crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) methods are
being used in its design.
http://www.ncpc. org/training/ training- topics/crime- prevention- through-environm ental-design- cpted-

In addition to receiving other agency’s policies, I have actually traveled
to other major cities that have active urban trail systems to study how
they deliver Public Safety and programs. I have also partnered with the
Rails to Trails Conservancy which is a nonprofit group dedicated in
promoting trail systems. www.railstotrails. org This has allowed me to
incorporate a best practices approach in our delivering Public Safety to
the Atlanta Beltline project.

The Path Force Unit will be located out of the Atlanta Beltline donated
space at the Reynolds Town Lofts located at 890 Memorial Dr. directly next
to the Reynoldstown Trail. We plan on launching the new unit sometime in
June and plan on inviting all of our stakeholders and community members to
a opening event at 890 Memorial Dr .In addition we are planning a media
press release for the launch, and plan on using social media and community
blogs to communicate along with regularly attending community Neighborhood
Planning meetings.

I have included below, several safety tips to be followed when using the
BeltLine and our city streets in general.
Lieutenant Jeff Baxter APD

Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Walk/jog confidently.
Look people in the eye as you pass them. This lets others know you are
aware.
Don't wear headphones while exercising. Being able to hear your
surroundings will allow
you to notice someone you don't see.
Wear shoes and clothing that allow freedom of movement.
Carry a cell phone with a full battery charge.
Carry a whistle with you.
Walk or jog in a familiar area. Avoid secluded areas where there are
places to hide.
Vary the route you take. Do not take the same route every day.
Walk or jog with a companion, especially at night.
Wear bright colored clothing so that you can easily be seen, at night
wear reflective clothing.
Lock your vehicle. Don't leave valuables, such as purses/wallets/ cell
phones, visible inside.
. Always let someone know when you begin your walk or jog. Tell them the
route you will be taking and when you plan to return. Inform them when you
do return.

Last edited by JPD; 05-22-2013 at 07:23 AM.. Reason: spelling error
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:09 AM
 
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Reynoldstown will be home bas for the new APD Beltline patrol unit.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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That's a good step. I've already seen (horse) mounted patrols out there during the day. Wonder who is cleaning up after them, what with all the signage about picking up after your dog?
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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That's a good step. I've already seen (horse) mounted patrols out there during the day. Wonder who is cleaning up after them, what with all the signage about picking up after your dog?
Horses can poop on the grass. If a person is dumb enough to step in a huge pile of horse poop its their own fault. People need to pay more attention to their surroundings, if they did crime on the BeltLine would be less.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:07 AM
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Horses can poop on the grass. If a person is dumb enough to step in a huge pile of horse poop its their own fault. People need to pay more attention to their surroundings, if they did crime on the BeltLine would be less.
That's all true, but it still needs to be cleaned up. Feces can spread disease.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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That's all true, but it still needs to be cleaned up. Feces can spread disease.
Maybe TreesAtlanta can clean it up while they are tending to the prairie grass.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:22 AM
 
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That's a good step. I've already seen (horse) mounted patrols out there during the day. Wonder who is cleaning up after them, what with all the signage about picking up after your dog?
The usually have "bags" that catch it, that is then latter emptied.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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Maybe TreesAtlanta can clean it up while they are tending to the prairie grass.
Trees Atlanta has been out in force recently doing landscaping. In the last 2 weeks they've killed off all the weeds on thee side of the trail behind the Whole Foods shopping center, tilled in a couple truckloads of manure, installed a temporary irrigation system and fencing, and sprigged in a bunch of grasses to fill in the area.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: atlanta
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That's all true, but it still needs to be cleaned up. Feces can spread disease.
horse poop is pretty harmless, it's essentially just digested grass. williamsburg allows horses to poop in the middle of the road, no one's ever gotten sick from it. dog poop is another story.

http://voices.yahoo.com/is-horse-man...h-7666518.html

they did a study and determined that equine fecal matter rarely contains bacteria that affects humans. canine fecal matter, however, contains salmonella and e.coli that can affect humans.
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