APD: All 2,000 officer positions filled - FOX 13 News

APD: All 2,000 officer positions filled

Posted: Updated:
APD's 2000th recruit, 23-year-old Wesley Floyd, says he made the decision to become an officer about four years ago after taking classes at Georgia Southern. APD's 2000th recruit, 23-year-old Wesley Floyd, says he made the decision to become an officer about four years ago after taking classes at Georgia Southern.
ATLANTA -

Friday marked a milestone for the Atlanta Police Department.  They have officially filled all 2,000 positions for sworn officers, and they introduced the officer who marked that goal this morning.

You might remember the slogan "2,000 by 2000."  That goes to increase manpower set by another Atlanta mayor in the 1990s.  Some 13 years later, APD has reached that goal, and the 2,000th hire is a new officer from Henry County who was all smiles on Friday.

Wesley Floyd, 23, says he made the decision to become an officer about four years ago after taking classes at Georgia Southern.  He says out of all of the departments in the state, Atlanta was his first pick.

Mayor Kasim Reed said his police force has seen a gain of 370 officers since he became mayor of the city. 

"Crime is down 17 percent since this time four years ago," Reed said.  "That's a dad that got home to his family, that's a new mom that got home to her children.  That's a boy or girl that's been saved because of the efforts of the men and women of the police department."

Recruit Floyd still has to make it through the academy, and he's currently in training. 

FOX 5'S MORSE DIGGS HAS THE FULL STORY.  CLICK ON THE VIDEO ABOVE TO WATCH IT!

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Virginia-Highland restaurant gets facelift, pays it forward

    Virginia-Highland restaurant gets facelift, pays it forward

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:12:15 GMT
     It's been a traditional watering hole for a quarter of a century.  And now, Highland Tap is celebrating a new look by helping out a neighbor.  
    It's been a traditional watering hole for a quarter of a century. And now, Highland Tap is celebrating a new look by helping out a neighbor. Highland Tap is a popular restaurant/bar in Atlanta's historic Virignia-Highland neighborhood. The restaurant closed down
  • Police: domestic fight leads to SWAT standoff

    Police: domestic fight leads to SWAT standoff

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:25:56 GMT
    Police in Cobb County say a man barricaded himself inside a home early Wednesday, forcing a SWAT unit to respond. It happened at home on Spring Mountain Lane and Lost Mountain Road.
    Police in Cobb County say a man barricaded himself inside a home early Wednesday, forcing a SWAT unit to respond. It happened at home on Spring Mountain Lane and Lost Mountain Road.
  • Suspected DUI driver strikes officer's car

    Suspected DUI driver strikes officer's car

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:19:40 GMT
    An Atlanta Police officer was hurt after his squad car got rear ended by a suspected drunk driver.  The officer, who is a member of the department's HEAT DUI unit, was working a traffic stop
    An Atlanta Police officer was hurt after his squad car was struck by a suspected drunk driver.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices