APD Not Responding to Shoplifting Calls in Buckhead

By Julien Virgin

March 27, 2018 - 6:56 pm

Atlanta Chief of Police, Erika Shields, said she is going to stop deploying her officers to shoplifting crimes in the Buckhead area. 

She cites the lack of manpower as the driving force behind the decision.

"There is nothing preventing these retailers from employing security, off duty police that can prosecute these individuals," said Shields, urging retailers to invest in more security. 

Shield's says her officers spend on average 60-90 minutes per each shoplifting call, and that time can be allotted to more serious offenses, such as break-ins, carjackings, and violent crimes.

Buckhead is located inside Atlanta's Zone 2, an affluent area of town with high price retailers such as Lenox Mall. 

The Chief said each incident is still reported to the police department and counted towards the stats.

Shields plans to present a proposal to Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms and hopes the estimated vacant 300 police jobs can be filled soon.