With crime on the rise in Atlanta, the city will deploy 139 more officers by the end of the year, including 27 new officers Sept. 15, Mayor Shirley Franklin said today, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They will be assigned in areas of recent carjacking.
Police Chief Richard Pennington has come under criticism for not taking a more public leadership role in the wake of perceived surge in violent crime. Recent high-profile crimes include the carjacking of a city councilman and the fatal shooting of a former boxing champ. Despite the mayor’s statement that crime is rising, police statistics show violent offenses have declined about 9 percent the first six months in 2009 compared to the same period in 2008.