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Atlanta Homicides On Decline From Last Year

Jul 21, 2017
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Murders are down in Atlanta so far this year, after a spike in 2016, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

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The department says there were 43 homicides in the city between Jan. 1 and July 15. That's down from 62 during the same period last year.  

APD Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier is in charge of field operations. He credits a new, more aggressive mission by APEX, the force's tactical unit.

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Atlanta's police and fire departments are offering a $5,000 bonus for military veterans who complete officer training.

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The incentive comes as the APD is looking to fill roughly 225 vacant officer positions.  

Deputy Chief Stacie Gibbs said the bonuses are part of a city-wide emphasis on hiring veterans, but she said the recruiting help is welcome.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Buress":

Atlanta Police Department's Twitter Account Hacked

Mar 15, 2017
Alison Guillory / WABE

The Atlanta Police Department was one of hundreds of corporate and government agency Twitter accounts hacked across the globe on Tuesday evening.

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The attack is the result of Turkey's diplomatic feud with Germany and the Netherlands, the Associated Press said.

Chief Erika Shields outlines her top priorities as the city's new police chief.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE News

The Atlanta Police Department has almost 150 open jobs right now, and filling those spots is a top priority for the city's new police chief.

Chief Erika Shields says she will focus not only on hiring new officers but maintaining them.

On the drawing board right now: a 4-year plan with incremental pay increases.