The MPSA Patrol serves as our primary strategy in reducing criminal and nuisance activity in our neighborhood. The MPSA Patrol provides our neighborhood with localized, proactive and solution-oriented patrolling. The MPSA coordinates funding for this patrol, which operates according to budgetary considerations and overall neighborhood public security needs. The MPSA devotes its budget almost exclusively toward the patrol.
The advancement of the Midtown way of life, as with many neighborhoods across the country, necessitates the supplementation of regular police coverage with off-duty officer patrols due to the complexities and challenges of regular police operations. Our beautiful neighborhood has come a long way since we established the MPSA Patrol, yet much work remains. So please join today if you live or operate a business in our service area.
SGT. COOPER, YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PATROLMAN
In 2006 the MPSA hired Sgt. Bill Cooper as our patrol director when he retired from the APD. When he is not personally driving patrols, he is organizing the work schedule of the other officers to best address the recent crime trends with our limited resources. He also works with the Atlanta Police to bring their resources to bear on “quality of life” issues within our community.
Because of Midtown’s proximity to Ponce de Leon Avenue – with its inherent problems with street drugs, prostitution, and vagrancy – Sgt. Cooper proactively works with home and business owners to effectively address these problems. He developed a Criminal Trespass Program to help businesses deal with panhandlers and vagrants intimidating their customers. When requested, Sgt. Cooper also offers suggestions to homeowners and condo associations to make their property more secure.
His initiatives also include significant contributions to the development of traffic and security for (especially major) events in Piedmont Park. Sgt. Cooper also makes himself more accessible to MPSA members with call-forwarding to his cell phone from the patrol phone when he’s not on duty. As an added bonus, he is available to take police reports at your convenience without having to wait for the APD. This works well for minor larcenies and police reports needed for insurance purposes.
The MPSA is indeed fortunate to have the experience and expertise of this seasoned veteran of the APD. When you see him on patrol, please do not hesitate to wave him down and introduce yourself. He’s waiting for the chance to meet all of our members and personally be of service to them.
MAP OF MEMBERSHIP AREA AND PATROL COVERAGE:
- From Juniper Street to the Beltline Eastside Trail just east of Monroe Drive and Home Depot
- From Ponce de Leon Avenue to 10th Street.
- Highlighted in green on the map
- All of Kennesaw Avenue, Penn Avenue, Myrtle Street, are in the service area, along with Glen Iris Drive down to but not including North Avenue