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Atlanta And Georgia Tech Partner To Make Campus Safer

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File photo of police tape (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA – (WAOK/AJC)  –   Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed emphasized the city’s committment to making it safer on the Georgia Tech campus in an appearance at a news conference,  Monday,  that was also attended by Atlanta’s police chief,  and the President of Georgia Tech.    “To the extent Georgia Tech has a problem, Atlanta has a problem,” Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters. “We have a problem, and we have to get more aggressive.”    The solution is a high tech,  20-11 Dodge Charger,   which will be very visible with 27 lights,   which has been nicknamed the ‘Flying Saucer.’     Off duty police officers already patrol the neighborhoods,   adjacent to the campus,   where there’s been a rash of robberies in the last few months,   including the armed robbery of a 20 year old last week,   inside his dorm room.       “I want families to know how important this is,” Reed said. “I’m going to target the people who are targeting the kids.”    The $37,000 sedan is funded by a mix of corporate and community organizations including the Midtown Alliance,    Atlanta Police Foundation,   Home Park Community Improvement Association and North American Properties, manager of Atlantic Station.  It will be dispatched immediately on and around the Midtown campus. Tech and Atlanta police officers will be partnered inside the vehicle in hopes of improving response times.   Meanwhile, Tech President Bud Peterson made it clear he opposed a National Rifle Association-backed movement — supported by some of the state’s top lawmakers — that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on Georgia college campuses.    Georgia is currently one of 22 states that ban guns at state colleges and universities.   “I oppose open carry,” he said. “I believe it’s a mistake for our campus or any other.”

 
 
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