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Signal 63: Officer Needs Help
Harold Goldhagen  More Info

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The Atlanta Police Department has an authorized strength of over 1786 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia. A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community oriented philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its three major priorities of (1) youth-related crime, (2) domestic violence, and (3) the perception of crime in Atlanta.


The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community. The delivery of professional police services in Atlanta is coordinated through the three divisions and one bureau of the Atlanta Police Department. Routine services include uniform patrol operations, criminal investigations, technical and administrative support services, and the regulation of vehicles for hire. Emergency police response is available around the clock and is facilitated by strategically located police precincts throughout the City and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Citizen Advisory Councils and Neighborhood Planning Units representing 139 separate neighborhoods promote citizen input for Departmental decisions while mini-precincts, foot patrols and bicycle patrols encourage personalized policing and frequent citizen-officer interaction.




Harold Goldhagen is a retired captain from the Atlanta Police Department. He is also the author of Signal 63: Officer Needs Help.  According to the book description, “As the Civil Rights Movement changed everything, Atlanta, Georgia could be any city. Cops are cops; people are people; crime is crime. Serving in the police is tough, and Officer Harold's circumstances were anything but ordinary.”

Captain Berlyn Compton of the Atlanta Police Department said of Signal 63: Officer Needs Help, it “is a book written by Harold B. Goldhagen, retired Captain, APD, 1962 - 1992. Harold worked many assignments, including a long stint in homicide.

As I read this book I could recall many of the experiences he writes about. Harold is a terrific writer who causes you to experience the emotions of laughter, anger, pity, empathy, sympathy, disdain, disgust and many other emotions, but most importantly, PRIDE in the courage and determination of those who would not give up. Those of us who have worn the badge, walked in the mist of evil, carnage, despair, and fear, can readily identify with Harold and his experiences as a husband, father and police officer. As you read this well written book you will say to yourself, "I was there!"

Harold tells no lies, pulls no punches, sugar coats nothing.  I strongly recommend this book to ALL of those who have worn the Badge of Courage, who have served as officers of the court and the Criminal Justice System.”

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