Friday, May 31, 2013


Did you know that the businesses around Perimeter Mall pay for the officers?

When the Central (DeKalb) Perimeter Community Improvement District was formed 13 years ago, the first item on its agenda was to partner with off-duty police officers to prevent gridlock at key intersections along some of the district's busiest corridors.

Since that time, the DeKalb and Fulton Perimeter CIDs have spent $6.6 million to hire the off-duty officers from DeKalb and Fulton Counties and the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.  In addition to rush hours, the officers also are used during holidays to accommodate the increase in car and pedestrian traffic in Perimeter, which has become a retail hub in the metro Atlanta region.

In recognition of their service to Perimeter, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts President and CEO Yvonne Williams recently presented the first "Traffic Hero" awards "for exemplary service to keep Perimeter moving" to 10-year veterans of PCIDs' traffic detail program Sgt. Donald B. Barden, Lt. James W. Berg and MPO Tracy Redding.  Each officer received the PCID's eagle award and a gift certificate.

"We are proud of our partnership with these dedicated law enforcement officers and are pleased with their continued commitment to the wellbeing of Perimeter's commuters," said Williams.

"Thanks to the work of these officers, commuters can get around the Perimeter area more easily at peak driving times," Williams said.  Each weekday, approximately 20 officers are placed throughout the Perimeter district to help prevent congestion at key locations such as Ashford Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive, Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive and Abernathy Road at Glenlake Parkway.

"The officers make a noticeable difference in preventing the blockage of intersections during Perimeter's busiest hours," said Williams.  "In addition to allowing traffic to flow early against signals when possible, meaning less time spent waiting for a light, the officers are also available to assist in the event of an accident.  As they are already in the area, they are able to immediately respond and address any problems as they occur," Williams said.

"Our main focus has always been to keep traffic moving," said Barden at the awards presentation at a recent meeting of the Central (DeKalb) PCID Board.  "We have gone through a lot of changes," he noted.  "We started out with a few officers and have seen the program expand to serve the growth in this area."


dpgroupie said...

It's a really dangerous job, and I appreciate what they do !! And THANK YOU to the businesses too!

TwoDogsTrucking said...

Wow 10 years is a long time for these DeKalb officers to be dodging cars, thanks and stay safe. Where would we be without the extra work by the officers and the extra money put in by PCID? How many businesses have decided to stay because of this effort and how much money and time has been saved? The PCID bridged the politics between the county and city and forged a working relationship using both the city's and county's resources, their officers. Could the city and county take it a step further and weave other assets together to better serve the tax payers. I can easily imagine further cooperation on the traffic issue. Dunwoody citizens want their police in their neighborhoods but the city is burdened by the demands of the interstate so why not enter into an agreement with the county for their police to work the interstate?