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        WILLIE G. DAVIS Announces for SOUTH FULTON CITY COUNCIL – District 1


After much consideration, I have decided to be a candidate for City Council District 1 in the new City of South Fulton.


The issues we are  currently facing are going to take all of us Working Together to solve. Over the last few days, I have had listening sessions with people within the district to get their ideas on how we can build a great city. Whether you voted YES or NO for the city is no longer the issue. The question now is “how do we move forward?" The answer is by “Working Together!”


Working Together means having a relationship with other law enforcement department  within surrounding cities to put an end to the increase in crime in the area. 


Working Together means laying aside our differences with those in elected positions in surrounding cities to create a sharedgovernance to address and deal with regional issues in South Fulton. 


Working Together means collaborating with our Fulton County School Board to make sure every school within our city is successful. We can not attract new citizens or businesses if there is a negative perception that our schools are not strong.


Working Together means being able to deliver quality city services without raising taxes. 


Working Together means having a city government that allows for active citizen participation. This means having city council meetings at times when people can attend - in the evenings. 


Most importantly, Working Together means having a Mayor and City Council that are in sync about having a great city and not focusing on personal agendas. By Working Together we can make our city great. 


These are a few reasons while I'm seeking to serve the people in District 1. I'm very interested in talking with any individual or group about their concerns and vision. Please feel free to call (404-787-0765) or email (daviscitycouncil@gmail.com) me. 


Learn more about me at: http://about.me/DavisCityCouncil



WILLIE G. DAVIS 



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South Fulton Cities can Fight Crime by Working Together

  
 

A few months ago, my car was broken into at LA Fitness at Camp Creek Marketplace. I had to wait nearly 30 minutes for a city of Atlanta Police Officer to arrive to make a Police Report. Yet there was a City of East Point Police Precinct within a 10 minute walking distance of the incident location. However, the Marketplace, jurisdictionally, is divided, by a street, into two separate police agencies.

 Response time could be decreased and patrol visibility can be increased by the elimination of territorial lines. 

The new City of South Fulton makes islands or peninsulas of some cities.  The new city shares its borders with at least seven other cities and three other counties. In many instances, cities are divided by streets, subdivisions and/or communities.  This creates a jurisdictional nightmare for citizens and law enforcement officials, especially when it comes to certain criminal and traffic offenses.

In the past, some citizens have attempted to report crimes in some areas that make up the new city, only to be told by police officers that the incident location was outside of their jurisdiction.  This has caused some crimes to either go unreported or not properly investigated. It has also caused criminals to take full advantage of these blurred jurisdictional boundaries, using loopholes to avoid paying their debt to society.

There are other areas around the State of Georgia with similar problems. Therefore, I am calling on the General Assembly, during this year’s session to enact legislation that would allow municipal law enforcement departments to Work Together across jurisdictional lines to fight crime.

Currently, each municipal police department has authority only within its respective “geographic territory or territorial jurisdiction.”  The State of Georgia, through the General Assembly, has the authority to create extraterritorial jurisdictions and provide municipalities the legal ability to function beyond their boundary limitations.

In late December, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, in addressing the increase in crime, specifically “slider crimes” in South Fulton, suggested the establishment of a “multi-jurisdictional police officer to patrol gas stations.” Unfortunately, Chairman Eaves doesn't have the legal authority to make this work for the long term. In fact, he will have no say so over the area effective May 1, 2017. Furthermore, each Georgia city's police department would have to agree to participate, and those  agreements could change based on each city's leadership; presenting a short term solution to an increasing crime problem.

As an attorney familiar with jurisdictional issues relating to criminal activities, I believe that the General Assembly can address this problem by creating an “extraterritorial jurisdiction” in state law. This will allow for the creation of a Crime Prevention Task Force, made up of law enforcement agencies from surrounding cities, working together, to fight and prevent crimes not only in South Fulton, but in cities all across the state. 

If we're going to require certain service stations to hire armed security to protect customers, then we certainly should require our police departments to work together to prevent crimes.



WILLIE G. DAVIS, Candidate 
South Fulton City Council – District 1
www.davisforcitycouncil.org
 


Committee to Elect Willie G. Davis
P. O. Box 44602
Atlanta, Georgia 30336
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