The rain did not keep nearly two hundred people of the Northlake Corridor away from a town hall meeting with the Northlake Community Alliance and officers of the Dekalb County, Georgia police department. The meeting was held on Thursday, September 22 at Henderson Elementary School from 7pm until 845pm. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss the different types of crimes that plague the county as well as how regular citizens can prevent such crimes from occurring on their person or property.
The meeting was opened at 7pm by Tom Ulbricht, President of the Northlake Community Alliance (NCA). After a few opening remarks on how the meeting would be conducted, he turned the microphone over to Georgia State legislator, Scott Holcomb (D-District 82).
State Representative Holcomb has an impressive record beginning with his service in the Army Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Office as a prosecutor serving in Bosnia, Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was his responsibility to work with three-Star Generals in the Rules of Law when it came to conducting war time operations. Representative Holcomb works actively in his community including serving as an Adviser with the NCA. Representative Holcomb is married with two children and enjoys running marathons. He is frequently seen running in the community.
Representative Holcomb briefly discussed the redistricting of his district and how it could affect his chances for reelection in 2012. He also discussed some things that were going on in the Northlake area and in Tucker which he serves among others. He then returned the microphone back over to Mr. Ulbricht. Mr. Ulbricht then introduced the Dekalb County Police Officers that were in the room and they came to the front to begin the question and answer session of the Town Hall Meeting.
The police staff had a good number of questions asked of them and they were answered in turn. Some of the questions asked were: Why did it take 12 minutes for the police respond to a residential alarm call and would it be a good idea to have a dog in the house for protection? The alarm call response time got a bit of a chuckle from those in the room as the time response was considered quite good. Another question asked was if the police can step up patrols around homes where the occupants are on vacation? The answer was yes, but that the occupants of the home would have to call the police department to let them know that they were going on vacation.
The police staff made it known that citizens of the community has to do their share to prevent crime from increasing. There are various community patrols and the Dekalb County Police Department also has the VIP program which is very successful.
It was made known that according to local statistics, 20 burglary cases were solved and closed in June 2011 and 17 were solved and closed in July. That is a very good number. In talking with various members of the community, citizens themselves, working along with the Dekalb Police Department have worked hard in stopping many crimes in the Northlake and Tucker areas.
The meeting came to a close around 8:45pm and all those in attendance felt that it was productive and very informative.