DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston, Commissioner Larry Johnson, and the DeKalb Police Department, South Precinct, are holding the meetings, which will address public safety concerns, how to form a Business Watch program, and the role businesses can play in keeping communities safe.
The first meeting will be held for the Candler Road Corridor on April 18 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Piccadilly Restaurant in the Gallery at South DeKalb mall. Space is limited – R.S.V.P. to Community Prosecutor Sonja Brown at email@example.com or 404-371-2234.
Wesley Chapel Corridor businesses will meet on Aug. 15 and the Moreland Corridor businesses on Dec. 19. Locations will be announced later.
The meetings are an outgrowth of Boston’s Community Prosecution Program, which is based on a nationally proven method of using a proactive, integrated, solutions-based, and grass-roots approach to combat quality-of-life crimes in targeted areas through partnerships among the community, police and prosecutors.
Boston said partnerships are important and can help them identify key areas of concern to business owners so that law enforcement can do its part to help protect and encourage vibrant business districts for a stronger, healthier DeKalb.
“These meetings are fundamental to true community prosecution – law enforcement, elected officials and business owners working together to improve public safety and quality of life,” she said.
Johnson said he is pleased to work with Boston on the initiative.
“It dovetails perfectly with the initiatives I have worked on in this corridor, and with Ms. Boston’s support we can continue to see forward progress toward making DeKalb a great place to live, work and play,” he said.