Adairsville Police Department strengthens community involvement
by Matt Shinall
Aug 12, 2011 | 3469 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Adairsville Police Department has increased efforts to engage the community through building relationships and educating residents.

In cooperation with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, the APD conducted this week their first neighborhood watch meeting in several years. Sheriff's deputies along with members of the APD will continue to lead training sessions with community groups as they are requested.

Interim Police Chief Lt. Robert Jones asked homeowner association directors or other community leaders to contact the police department to request neighborhood watch training specifically for their community.

"A community can never rid itself totally of crime unless the citizens get on board and trust the police department," Jones said. "We kind of give them the tools, what to look for, what's important for us to identify someone that might be in their neighborhood committing a crime."

At Thursday's regular meeting, the Adairsville City Council approved all items on the agenda, including repairs, an upcoming project and an intergovernmental agreement.

Two items approved Thursday were repairs at the water treatment facility. The high service pump will be repaired at a cost of $9,800, in addition to a generator repair costing $8,200.

The intergovernmental agreement decided upon will contract out services for the November election, including advanced voting and Election Day polls. Bartow County will conduct these services in the upcoming election at a cost of approximately $4,500.

The APD presented a list of surplus equipment to be disposed of from seized vehicles to outdated radars and light bars. Surplus equipment will be auctioned off via in addition to other means depending on the item.

Lastly, the council approved the motion to award Lewallen Construction Company with phase five of the streetscape project encompassing Wood Street in downtown Adairsville. This will be the final phase of streetscape projects in the Public Square area.

The Adairsville City Council will meet again Monday at 7 p.m. at city hall for the purpose of setting the millage rate.