All People Are Safe
Vision for the Priority Area
Fulton County residents expect to be safe at home, at work and in their communities. In addition, they want their communities to be ready to handle public safety emergencies, ranging from fire to storms. Achieving the outcome that “all people are safe” requires that individuals and businesses take proactive steps to be prepared for these situations and that the County – in partnership with municipal and state agencies – also demonstrates preparedness, and responds quickly and effectively to incidents. Finally, residents expect the justice system – from the jails to the courts – to process cases in a fair, timely, and respectful manner.
Leadership for this Priority Area
Agencies and Departments
- Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency Matthew Kallmyer, Director
- Emergency Services 911 Joseph Barasoain, Director
- Fulton County Fire & Rescue Larry Few, Chief
- Office of the Child AttorneyCoy Johnson, Director
- Fulton County Police Gary Stiles, Chief
Justice Coordinating Committee
- Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves
- Superior Court Chief Judge Gail Tusan
- State Court of Fulton County Chief Judge Diane Bessen
- Magistrate Court Judge Cassandra Kirk
- Probate Court Judge Pinkie Toomer
- Juvenile Court Chief Judge Bradley Boyd
- District Attorney Honorable Paul L. Howard
- Public Defender Honorable Vernon Pitts
- Sheriff Honorable Theodore Jackson
- Marshal Antonio Johnson
- Superior Court Honorable Cathelene Robinson
- Superior Court Yolanda Lewis Court Administrator
- State Court of Fulton County LeNora Ponzo Chief Clerk
- Juvenile Court Omotayo Alli Chief Administrative Officer
- Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson
- Fulton County Chief Strategy Officer Anna Roach
- Fulton County Chief Financial Officer Sharon Whitmore
- Solicitor General Honorable Keith Gammage
- Empower residents and businesses with information, tools, and motivation to prevent crime.
- Improve the quality and speed of law enforcement, fire and emergency response.
- Improve the County's ability to solve crimes.
- Establish an integrated, sustained approach to addressing teen delinquency.
- Process cases in an efficient and fair manner by strengthening court administration process.
In 2016, Fulton County made immense strides in its efforts to ensure the safety of all citizens.
These included efforts both in the justice system as well as investments in public safety agencies as noted below:
Fulton County launched a Justice Reinvestment initiative in 2016, that seeks to:
- reduce the number of inmates in the jail;
- increase the speed at which cases are processed;
- address the number of inmates with mental illness;
- reduce administrative costs.
Public Safety Radio System:
In 2016, Fulton County invested $20 million to upgrade the Public Safety Radio Network to a new digital system, replacing an aging analog system.
The enhanced public safety radio system provides life-saving technology serving 3,500 personnel from 20 public safety agencies.
Residents in unincorporated Fulton benefited from investments in fire service. These included:
- Three new fire engines brought into service
- Grand opening of two new fire stations
- 18 new fire recruits
Fulton County’s Police department continued exemplary service to citizens. In addition to crime prevention and policing, community outreach was a key priority. The department held numerous "Coffee with a Cop" sessions throughout the year.
- 39 new police vehicles
- 43 new police recruits
- Procurement of body cameras and dash cameras for greater transparency.
2017 Financial Area Snapshot
Key Area Objectives and Measures
Residents and businesses comply with community safety standards.
- Violent Crime Rate
- Property Crime Rate
- Rate of residential code violations in Fulton County
- Rate of business code violations in Fulton County
Those who violate community standards are held accountable.
- Percentage of validated code violations resolved by the property owner.
- Percentage of crimes solved
The County's public safety and justice system responds in a timely manner.
- Percentage of response time reported between the time of the receipt of a priority 1 emergency call and the arrival of emergency personnel.
- Percentage of response time from receipt of the 911 call to the arrival of the fire unit on the scene.
- Percentage of cases that move from arrest to filing of a charge in 90 days or less.
- Percentage of reported code violations that are investigated within three business days.
The number of repeat violators/offenders is reduced.
- Percentage of those who commit code re-violation in the previous 12 months with an existing code violation.
- Percentage of those who are are convicted of a crime and released in Fulton County who are arrested again within 12 months of beginning their probation/re-entry into the community.
Residents feel safer in their community and services provided by the justice systems.
- Percentage of residents who are satisfied with court services.
- Percentage of residents who are satisfied with fire services.
- Percentage of residents who are satisfied with police services.
- Percentage of residents who feel safe in their community.
The following departments play a crucial role in achieving the County's strategic objectives around safety and security of our residents. Visit each department's dashboard to explore their performance measures.
Departmental Goals Snapshot
Fulton Forward in 2017
• Justice Reinvestment Initiative - $7.5M 2017 set aside for a plan to reduce the number of inmates in the jail; increase the speed at which cases are processed; address the number of inmates with mental illness; and reduce administrative costs.
• Facilitate implementation of Crisis Intervention Training for Police Departments within the County to ensure individuals with behavioral health and substance abuse issues are diverted to receive appropriate treatment and services.