Monday, December 17, 2007

DeKalb County Police Telephone Resource List - since DeKalb's website needs a little work.

My internet logs tell me that I get a number of hits for people looking for DeKalb Police Telephone numbers. It was stated at a public meeting that DeKalb's website was suppose to be completely rewritten by Mid November, but it hasn't, therefore I figured I would publish what the North Precinct provided in a handout I received during a recent meeting.

The DeKalb Police website is an embarrassment of self promotion that says absolutely nothing of use to the residents; telephone numbers are hard to find & statistics or other crime data is nowhere to be found. I am looking forward to the changes and hope to be impressed when it is finally on line?

North Precinct (across from Perimeter Mall)
4453 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30346
404-297-3950 & Fax 404-297-3863

Precinct Commander, Major D.B. Calhoun
Asst. Precinct Commander, Captain M.P. Yarbrough
Business Relations MPO W.L. Swann 404-294-2673
Public Education Specialist, Al Fowler 404-294-2558

404-297-2000 Police Services Information
404-294-2858 Crime Prevention / Neighborhood Watch
404-294-2625 Criminal Investigations / Detectives
404-294-2911 Non Emergency Number
770-724-7850 Domestic Violence & Elder Abuse
440-413-5557 Foreign Language Assistance
770-724-7710 Youth & Sex Crimes
770-322-2540 Drug Hotline

Center Precinct - 1960 W. Exchange Place - 770-724-7621

East Precinct - 2484 Bruce Street - 770-482-0300

South Precinct - 1816 Candler Road- 404-286-7911

Tucker Precinct - 4451 Lawrenceville Hwy- 678-937-5301

770-724-7740 Police Records & Crime Stats
404-294-2996 Animal Control
404-371-2882 Commissioner Bolton's Office
678-413-8650 DMVS & Driver's License
404-298-8500 DeKalb County Jail
404-298-8515 DeKalb County Sheriff
404-370-5000 Children & Family Services
678-406-7750 Fire Services
404-294-2700 Juvenile Court
404-294-2769 Juvenile Intake
770-724-7805 Homeland Security
404-377-1428 Rape Crisis Center
404-371-4778 Roads & Drainage
404-294-2900 Sanitation
770-492-5497 Speed Hump Application
770-492-5296 Street Light Request & Repair
404-294-2278 Tactical Ops - Speeding & Radar
770-492-5483 Traffic Engineering
770-492-5221 Transportation - New Street & Parking Signs
770-724-7970 Code Enforcement
770-724-7940 Code Enforcement (2nd Line?)

Other DeKalb Police Related Websites
DeKalb County Police Alliance,
DeKalb Police North Precinct Community Relations;


Open+Transparent said...

The worst part is Code Enforcement. In 2007, one should be able to file a complaint online and attach a digital photo. Nope, not here in DeKalb. It's bad enough that Nancy Funny-Lawrence is not competent enough to even run Code Enforcement; she can't even post basic info. on county code enforcement online.

Vernon hire/racist Lou Graham couldn't fix up the PD website. Nick Marinelli said he was going to but left after a short time. Bolton has had enough time to address it but hasn't.

Apparantly the county commissioners don't mind such a crappy county PD website.

Open+Transparent said...

Traffic stop is a ticket to Nowheresville
Published on: 12/19/07

On Oct. 17 at 2:28 p.m., a DeKalb County police officer clocked me driving 41 mph in a 25 mph zone. He issued me citation number 23471359. He noted my court date, Dec. 11. He showed me the information on the back of the citation that would allow me to pay the fine in advance.

Though regrettable, this was what one might call a "routine traffic ticket." I had no desire to appear in court. I intended to pay the fine in advance. Yet on Dec. 11, I found myself at DeKalb Recorders Court anyway. There were, perhaps, 500 other people there. Overhearing their muttering and exclamations, it seemed most of those folks didn't want to be there either.

My citation had a phone number on the back. I'd called it one month after I got the traffic ticket. The automated system told me there was no record of my citation in Recorders Court. It advised me to call another number, which resulted in a couple of "all circuits are busy, please try again" disconnects. A successful call later yielded much quality time with the classic "your call is very important" recording.

The human being who finally answered told me that 1) my citation wasn't in the system and 2) the computer system was overloaded with citations. I should try back later. Again, this was one month after I'd received the citation.

I'd made roughly 10 follow-up attempts to learn the amount of my fine so that I could pay it in advance. Three business days before my court date, a Recorders Court employee named Pat told me my citation still wasn't in the system. She promised me that she or her supervisor would call me back. It'll never happen, I thought. It never did.

I'd been to the Recorders Court building on Camp Circle many times before in a previous job. It shares a sidewalk with the former DeKalb Police headquarters. The police helipad is still there. It was always a busy place.

Yet I'd never seen it like I saw it on Dec. 11, my court date. Traffic was crawling through the streets, motorists trolling for parking. And hundreds of people were standing, bunched on the sidewalk, waiting to get into court.

When I got into the courtroom, I happened to be within earshot of the judge, with whom I'd been acquainted years earlier. I invited myself to the bench. The judge knew what I was going to say:

"Judge — I tried for weeks to pay my fine. The court couldn't find my ticket. I had to take time off from work to be here. I don't need to be here."

The judge was sympathetic, motioning to the crowd. "They're issuing a lot of citations. We only have so much help here." Bailiffs in the courtroom had said the computer system could hold no more than 300 citations per court date.

And now a clerk was telling me that my court date had been reset. "Why couldn't they just tell me that over the phone?" I blurted to the judge. "Will I have to come back? I still don't know the amount of my fine."

The judge uncomfortably indicated it was becoming a chronic problem.

Why? How much hard-drive space does it take to put simple data into a computer system? How many temporary workers would it take to catch up if the workload in Recorders Court is too great?

I looked at the packed courtroom, which held 100 people including those standing in the aisles. Many had begun to mutter about their new court dates. Like me, it appeared most were willing to pay for their traffic offenses and get on with their lives. Like me, they were trapped in a weird judicial-bureaucratic vortex.

It was an ugly waste of time. There were the moms who'd left their homes on a school day afternoon; there was the productivity lost from workplaces because of the clumsiness of a court unable to keep up with the end-of-the-year zeal of its police department. And my chat with the judge indicated there was no end in sight.

Court officials kept apologizing for the "inconvenience." But this wasn't just that — it was a government agency willfully abusing its constituents under the cloak of a computer glitch.

As I exited the courtroom, the hallways were still lined with scores of anxious people. As I exited the building, 100 people were still outside, clutching their routine traffic tickets, waiting to get in.

My new court date is April 2, 2008. What then?