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Atlanta Police Department Police Chief George Turner

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the retirement of Chief George Turner and selection of Deputy Chief Erika Shields as the next Atlanta police chief.
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Mayor Kasim Reed has announced Deputy Chief Erika Shields will be the second woman in the city’s history to lead the Atlanta Police Department.

In 1994, Beverly Harvard was named the first black woman in the position. Shields said at a press conference Thursday, "not to slight other cities," but Atlanta has always had a higher standard.

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

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The Atlanta Public Schools' board of education has voted to terminate its contract with the Atlanta Police Department as it takes steps toward creating its own police force.

Media outlets report that the board voted Monday to end the contract and produce a plan to hire its own school resource officers.

Deputy Superintendent David Jernigan says the resource officers will be armed, sworn officers, who will be specifically trained to deal with children.