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Trudy Nan Boyce

A retired APD officer is turning her 27-year career into novels

Beat cop, homicide detective, special victims unit officer, police lieutenant, crisis negotiator—Trudy Nan Boyce did it all in her 27-year career with the Atlanta Police Department. And during her retirement, she’s turning her experiences into crime thriller fodder.
APD Body Cameras

Atlanta’s police body cameras put on hold by court

In other words, Atlanta, don’t look for police body cameras any time soon.
Graffiti

What defines graffiti as art or vandalism?

Is graffiti artistic expression? Vandalism? Criminal turf-staking? The lines between what’s acceptable and not have blurred.

Predictive policing crime prevention software successful for APD

Atlanta Police Lieutenant LeAnne Browning recalls her days as a patrol officer. “Our lieutenants would say, ‘Okay, I want you to look at the beat books so you can know what’s out there on your beat.’ Well, the beat books are like this thick with reports,” she says, holding her hands a couple of feet apart. “And you’d sit there and thumb through it all, and there was no time because they were then kicking you out of the precinct to handle calls.” She pauses before pointing to her computer screen. “That’s the old way of doing things. This­—it’s right here.”

How it feels to patrol the toughest neighborhoods

A family dispute is flaring in a cramped kitchen in southeast Atlanta when Ashley Gibson arrives. Gibson is five foot three, with pearl earrings and pink-painted fingernails, her hair swept into a high bun that recalls her cheerleading years. Despite her slight stature, Gibson doesn’t flinch.

Norcross police roll out crime-predicting technology; make arrests on day one

It was more than intuition that drew a Norcross police officer to an extended-stay hotel. A computer program in her police cruiser had advised her to scope out that very hotel, at that very hour. When she arrived, she spotted a suspicious-looking man.

A vigil, a $25K reward, and stepped-up APD presence in response to Patrick Cotrona’s fatal shooting

Spurred by the May 25 fatal shooting of Patrick Cotrona, residents of East Atlanta Village will gather for a vigil this evening at the corner of May and Flat Shoals avenues—close to where Cotrona...

Suspicious device disabled at Turner Field

With security already intensified following yesterday’s attack in Boston, APD investigated a suspicious device found near Turner Field early this afternoon.

Building Boulevard

For decades we’ve heard talk of the need to “do something” about Boulevard, the blighted thoroughfare that runs through the Old Fourth Ward and the King historic district.

The walls of 375 Angier Avenue—finally—come tumbling down

Joshua and his army, as the Bible story goes, walked the perimeter of Jericho for seven days before its fortifications collapsed. Major C.J. Davis of the Atlanta Police Department’s code enforcement unit spent nine months navigating a maze of paperwork, hearings, meetings, and other red tape before the walls of an abandoned bungalow at 375 Angier Avenue came tumbling down.

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