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Police add extra patrols, put more officers in uniform for the holidays

Sunny Swedes

BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Singers bearing candles welcome the holiday season during the Swedish Christmas Market on Nov. 22. Stina Brown, Olivia Goeke, Savannah Norgren and Ella Sortino, front row, from left, and Helena Loren and Johanna Rehn, back row, perform during the market at the Dorothy Benson Center.

Lights, cameras for Abernathy Greenway park? BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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Construction is slated to start next summer on the Abernathy Greenway linear park’s south side. At a Nov. 19 public meeting, residents chimed in on what they would like to see incorporated in the park. “I like a trail that has lights,” said resident Lisa Clavin, who also suggested a security camera and identification signs

for native trees and plants for students to read during school field trips. She also suggested a water feature to block out the traffic noise. Clavin said she didn’t want to see restrooms or parking spaces. SEE RESIDENTS, PAGE 4

Santa’s got reindeer watching his sleigh, but shoppers at the mall best lock their cars and keep gifts out of plain sight, police say. With the arrival of Black Friday, the heralded start of the holiday shopping season, police in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are shifting officers’ assignments and adding patrols to make their presence felt in high-volume shopping areas. Police say they want to be visible throughout the holiday season. Ralph Woolfolk, a spokesman for the Atlanta police, said the department offers officers overtime opportunities in a program called “Holiday Detail 2014.” That enables the department to keep more officers on the street. In Dunwoody and Brookhaven, police shift officer assignments as the need arises during the holidays. Police officers will also be out in uniform even when off duty, he said. “Chief [George] Turner requires all APD officers to wear full uniform, with few exceptions, during the holiday season, which enhances visibility throughout the city,” Woolfolk said. Sandy Springs police spokesman Ron Momon said more police from specialized units are reassigned to shopping areas. “We also typically have some of our community officers and citizen volunteers pass out holSEE POLICING, PAGE 24

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