Welcome to the first homepage of the new Atlanta Police Foundation ("The APF"). Conceived in the Summer of 2002, The APF is being established by a cross-section of citizens committed to making Atlanta the safest and most inviting city possible.
Working closely with our Mayor, Shirley Franklin, and our Chief of Police, Richard Pennington, the Atlanta Police Foundation will serve as a liaison between our city's public and private sectors. The APF has several key goals:
1. ENSURE that each Atlanta police officer is qualified, trained, equipped, and educated to perform at the highest levels of professional standards.
2. ENHANCE the Atlanta Police Department's capabilities by facilitating access to world-class people, processes and operational tools.
3. ENGAGE our community on the core issues of public safety.
4. ENLIST broad participation in the quest for an even better quality of life than we enjoy now.
The APF is being designed as an independent, non-profit organization in accordance with the requirements of Section 501(c)3 of the US tax code.
The APF's board of trustees, now being formed, will consist of a broad cross-section of Atlanta's business and community leadership. By design, no elected officials or city employees will be eligible for membership on the board.
Early funding for The APF has come from the following friends of Atlanta:
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits
Alston & Bird
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
For information on how you might support The APF, please send an e-mail via the link below or to info@TheAPF.org
While we are developing a more complete website for The APF, you might be interested in the three sites linked below.
1. The Atlanta Police Department (www.atlantapd.org) is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and therefore a standard-setter for public safety throughout the state.
2. The New Orleans Police Foundation (www.nopf.com) has built a stunning record of success since its formation in 1996 and is one of the most successful police foundations in the country. Although Atlanta's challenges are different from those in New Orleans, we are confident that the Atlanta Police Foundation can have a similarly powerful impact on the vitality of our city.
3. For the past eight years, The Morgan Quitno Press (www.morganquitno.com) has analyzed the annual crime statistics collected by the FBI to determine America's safest cities--as well as the most dangerous ones. Atlanta's ranking on these lists may surprise you.