Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Video documenting the Birth of the Dunwoody Police Department



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir8Cl2AzdgI

18 comments:

Kate Goodhart said...

As a Dunwoody citizen, I couldn't agree more with our Police Captain's perspective. Let's make sure that everyone knows that Dunwoody isn't the place they should mess with :)

Dunwoody Mom said...

Looks like a busy first night for our officers. According to the AJC, they made 4 arrests.

joggerdavew said...

My hope is that Dunwoody doesn't get a rep as a POLICE STATE community. It appears we have one officer for every 600 or so citizens. I invite someone to run the actual per capita numbers. And remember, because the City creators insisted on including the commercial Perimeter district, a lot of officers will be engaged in protecting non-residents who work and shop here, rather than live here. So we are paying for that, too! Still, I venture to guess that most police activity will involve ticketing speeders. Drivers beware!

Dunwoody Mom said...

I hope it is "speeders beware". Speeding is a real problem in Dunwoody and it's time something was done about it.

DunwoodyParent said...

Mom,

If speeding is an issue we would be reading about car accidents, hit and runs, pedestrian deaths, etc in the Crier. Aside form casually observing cars that seem to be going too fast, I see no incidents as a result from dangerous driving or speeding

Dunwoody Mom said...

You're kidding right? Exactly how would you "hear" about such things anyway? Let me assure you from personal experience, speeding in Dunwoody is a dangerous issue.

joggerdavew said...

Show us the statistics, Dunwoody Mom. Not that just about every driver in Dunwoody - and be honest, this includes YOU and me both - doesn't drive over the posted speed limit. But show me the statistics. And come on: we did not become a city to ticket speeders, anyway! Furthermore, don't expect the police to PREVENT accidents (or crimes for that matter); they usually show up after the fact, when the damage is already done.

TwoDogsTrucking said...

After the 40 cars drove by; did it occur to anyone that's all there is now; no support units and no reserves to call on.
"To the folks on the other side of the law, the season is now open." I hope Councilor Taylor's comment wasn't from the premise that the DKPD Officers who served Dunwoody ignored criminals. The DKPD Officers I know who worked in Dunwoody never closed a season on criminals.
Four arrest for a shift means it was a slow night, even for Dunwoody. DKPD ran radar/laser speed enforcement on all roads in Dunwoody that the law and state regulatory agency allowed.

Thaddeus Osbourne Dabell said...

Good points. Where are the statistics? Didn't the CfD Police Task Force have hard data? I'd like to see stats proving that the 85th percentile is at or below the posted limits as well as those showing "excessive speeding".

In fact, now that we've got our own police force, top notch technology and a city council who to a man and woman are "committed to transparency" I'm sure traffic stats, accident reports, issued citations and police reports will be posted on the Dunwoody website. How could anything less be acceptable?

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Ellen Fix said...

TwoDogsTrucking: I have always had great respect for the DKPD.

Lindsay said...

Joggerdavew said:

"And remember, because the City creators insisted on including the commercial Perimeter district, a lot of officers will be engaged in protecting non-residents who work and shop here, rather than live here. So we are paying for that, too!"

Our local businesses pay for police services, just as our homeowners do. You must not be aware of the amount of taxes and other revenues that our businesses contribute to our city coffers. They should expect for our police to protect their employees and customers, they are paying for it, they deserve it.

Dunwoody Mom said...

I'll give you some first hand examples:

What about the Dunwoody High School student who was hit while walking home from school a month or so ago? btw, the student is still on crutches. I was glad to see a Dunwoody police car sitting close to the Vermack/Womack intersection yesterday as school let out.

What about the 2 brick mailboxes that were obliterated by a driver traveling down my street as if it were I-285? The driver actually drove on the sidewalk - luckily no one was on the sidewalk at the time or there would have been fatalities.

A collision on my street due to a speeding car slamming into the back of a car turning into their driveway.

I'm sure there are other people with similar stories to tell. But, keep deluding yourself that speed is not a problem in Dunwoody

TwoDogsTrucking said...

From the first hand descriptions I would proffer the citations issued were: Failure to Yield, Driving Under the Influence and Failure to Yield.
It's not that officers are ignoring speeding violations but that the enforcement (where & how) of speeding violations is clearly defined in the Criminal Code/State of Georiga under Title 40.

joggerdavew said...

LINDSAY: Good point. Thanks for clarifying.

DunwoodyParent said...

Mom,

the accidents you mentioned were probably due to a driver texting, on a cell phone, or changing the radio station. People do not usually go off a straight road due to speeding.

Sara said...

More than speeding, I think a large part of the problem (at least in my area - Meadowcreek Dr/Mt. Vernon Way) is people ignoring stop signs.