About the Atlanta Police Department
Atlanta is the capital city of the
State of Georgia, the seat of Fulton County government, and the central economic base of the twenty counties comprising the
Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area. The City limits embrace an area of 131.4 square miles with a resident population of
approximately 425,000 people. With the Atlanta metropolitan area being the leading economic center in the Southeast, the City
has a wide range of economic activity: manufacturing, transportation, finance, and conventions and tourism. Historically a
railroad hub, Atlanta now operates one of the major airports in the nation. Atlanta is home to a prominent university community,
professional sports teams, cultural organizations, and active community groups. The City hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics as
well as other major sporting events and political conventions.
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
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.”