Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office says the city is partnering with GE to develop state-of-the-art policing in the city.
GE plans to invest $1 million into the project, a press release from the city says.
The money will be used to create, “enhanced public safety strategies, specifically focused on leadership development and culture training.”
The best-in-class policing model will consist of “data analysis and enhanced training” the press release says.
“Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward in strengthening our community policing efforts,” Reed said in the press release. “Our officers need enhanced training and capabilities to build community trust and improve as a police force. GE is one of the world’s leading companies, and when I asked for support, they responded without hesitation. I cannot thank our partners at GE enough for joining us in this essential partnership.”
The press release notes that APD has begun implementing a “Blueprint for Public Safety” that is based on recommendations of the White House’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
“In support of this plan’s implementation, APD and GE will jointly develop platforms that are transferable and sustainable,” the press release says. “Areas of focus include enhanced training methods, including the use of digital tools, improving data collection and analytics and leadership development and culture change practices.”