By Myron Polster
For those not familiar with the service, the East Atlanta Security Patrol (EASP) is available to all East Atlanta neighbors. The EASP is an effort to enhance public safety in East Atlanta. Off-duty, Zone Six police officers are hired to perform additional patrols within Beat 612, which is the police designation for the East Atlanta community.
The EASP also functions as an advocate for the community, so they encourage you to contact them with concerns in your neighborhood about lighting, drug sales, rude or indifferent behavior by officers, slow police response times, and any other public safety issue that adversely affects the quality of life in the Village.
All residents and businesses are encouraged to call at 404-954-1568 to report suspicious activity, whether that be an alarm going off, a suspicious sales person, someone knocking at your door after dark, or any other situation that requires a police response. You do NOT need to be a member to call the EASP. However, it is recommended that you call 911 first, before calling the local security patrol. The EASP patrols our community based on available funding, so it is not 24/7 patrolling.
There are three-month, six-month, or one-year memberships available. Both residents and businesses must be located within the city of Atlanta to become a member. The amount of time that the officers patrol is determined by the level of financial support from the community; more memberships and donations mean more patrol hours.
Contact the EASP at 404-954-1568 or firstname.lastname@example.org to become a member or to get more information.
East Atlanta Security Patrol Is Here to Help
By Myron Polster