Previously, officers from the North-Central and Tucker police precincts were assigned to cover the city. Under the new agreement, the entire city is served by only the Tucker Precinct.
Under the agreement, Tucker also has a dedicated liaison in the police department who hosts crime briefings with city leadership. This close partnership and focus on Tucker, the city said, is a reason for the drop in property crimes last year.
“Our officers are out in the community on a daily basis, forging relationships with residents and business owners,” City Manager Tami Hanlin said in a statement. “They are working diligently on new strategies in areas of high crime. Moreover, they have been great partners with our city staff and elected officials to help address the priorities of the city.”
As for the rise in homicides, police said the victims in each case were targeted, rather than being killed randomly.
One high-profile example is the case of Shirley Merritt, who was found stabbed to death at her home in the 1500 block of Planters Row in Tucker on Feb. 2. DeKalb police believe her son, Richard Merritt, killed her after he was sentenced to prison in Cobb County. He was arrested in Tennessee in October.
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