CCPD hosts ‘T.E.A. Party’ for criminals

Thanks to President Obama’s stimulus package, Clayton county residents will see more officers on the street.

While part one index crimes collectively (rape, armed robbery, burglary, theft, arson, etc.) that were reported to the FBI are down 6% in Clayton from January-June of 2009, as per Chief Jeff Turner, burglaries and theft are up.

“A lot of people are out of work, our economy is in crisis and some people are taking desperate measures,” says Turner. “That’s not only in Clayton county, but nationwide. Crime is down here, but we want it down further and we’re making a concerted effort to keep it down.”

Operation T.E.A. (”Target Enforcement Area”) Party is a new Clayton County Police Department initiative, which will saturate a different area each week with a constant police presence. Every Monday the CCPD will hold a staff meeting to analyze crime around the county. “We look at the most problematic area during the previous week, strategize and target that specific area,” says the Chief.

A mobile precinct is set up and for a full week, the CCPD utilizes all of Clayton’s agencies (including but not limited to: code enforcement, aviation, animal control and special operations) to control any and all crime and address quality of life issues in the targeted area. The Sheriff’s Department will also serve outstanding warrants.

And once the week is over, CCPD will not disappear. “We have officers assigned to beats and whatever officer is assigned to that particular area will continue to patrol that area,” adds Turner.

CCPD will also offer safety tips to homeowners. “Our point is crime prevention and deterrent. We will be knocking on doors, talking to homeowners about allowing the police to do a security assessment of their homes,” says the Chief. “It’s about education and awareness.”

As always, CCPD needs community assistance. “Homeowner associations have provided a lot of vital information to help us, but we need the entire community’s input, both residents and businesses, to point out problematic areas,” adds Turner. “They are a vital part of making this operation a success by telling us what’s going on in their neighborhoods.”

The curfew ordinance will also be strictly enforced. “If we see a kid on the street after curfew, we will ask where are you coming from. We’re going to call parents to confirm what they tell us, and give them a ride to make sure they get home safely. Otherwise, we’ll take them in and press charges for a curfew violation,” says Turner. “This is for their safety as well as everyone else. We want to make sure they’re going or coming from somewhere constructive.”

Just a reminder: children under 17 must be off the street from 11pm-6am Sunday-Thursday; and 12am-6am Friday-Saturday.

The community can provide feedback for this initiative via the CCPD Web site or call Community Affairs (770.473.3935). If you want CCPD to do education awareness talks, participate in any kind of program, establish an HOA, or for specialized patrols call the North Precinct (770.603.4070) or South Precinct (770.472.8065).

18 comments Add your comment


August 10th, 2009
9:06 pm

It’s about time we start fighting crime! However, don’t be selective in your community watching


August 11th, 2009
8:36 pm

Let’s put the screws to some of the criminals you have already in jail and make them dime out their buddies for crimes they’ve already committed. Give them some kind of fake jacked up plea bargain; they’ll tell on their buddies. They’ll BREAK! Especially the juvenile offenders LOCK EM ALL DOWN!!!

Only 2 posts? LOL

August 12th, 2009
7:16 am

Kimberly Allen you do realize you live in a BRIGHT RED state, right? if Pres. Obama found a cure for cancer they wouldn’t give him credit for it in GA! Take out the first line and I guarantte you at least an extra 10 or more posts.

Go CCPD! Whatever makes Clayton a safer place for my mama to live (I’d never live there) works for me.

Only 3 posts? LOL

August 12th, 2009
7:18 am

I’ll give you a freebie post because the republicans are out to get Obama on his health care plan is another reason your getting no comments.

again GO CCPD!! Nice to see the county organizations working together to fight crime instead of each other.


August 12th, 2009
9:55 am

I live in Clayton County and I commend the police for their efforts. Every time I have called the CCPD regarding a suspicious vehicle or people, they have responded quickly. Keep up the good work. Citizens please remember that no matter where you live, your neighborhood and community is only has good as you make it.

Larry OKeeffe

August 12th, 2009
11:57 am

Chief Turner and his officers are to be commended for this back to the streets approach.

Last week the T.E.A. party was held in the area surrounding Rex Park. This is where I live, and we were glad to see them. A command center was set up in the park and visibility was high in all the neighborhoods. Door to door canvassing was done and was very effective. The officer that visited my home gave my wife and son several tips regarding security.

Prior to last week and currently the “BEAT” officers are visible and a welcome sight in our neighborhood. On the assumption that the majority of the burglaries and thefts are opportunistic CCPD efforts will serve as a deterrent, particularly to our young people. They may act tough but I have personally seen these “though guy teens” sitting in the back of a patrol car bawling their eyes out. If they know the “PoPo” are in the neighborhood they will leave it alone.

The non-opportunistic or planed and targeted burglaries and thefts will take more effort, not just from the police but from everyone, we must become a true community. We must return to being involved in our neighborhoods. Get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other. Become your brother’s keeper in this regard. If you see something suspicious, trust you instincts and call 911. We have had to do this in our neighborhood and the calls have resulted in the apprehension of the perpetrators.

Pray for our Schools
Larry OKeeffe


August 12th, 2009
2:57 pm

Kudos to CCPD. Keep up the good work!!!!!!! Clayton County has its share of crime and problems, as does the rest of the metro area. It’s nice to know that there are efforts being made on the county’s part to correct them. It seems that the media is only interested in spotlighting the negative issues. The AJC reports about Heatley’s ticket, but nothing about the T.E.A. Party. I am pleasantly surprised when the positive efforts of Clayton Country are noted. I have a great life and a great home in Clayton and I am sure my quality of life is as good as or better than citizens of surrounding counties.

To ‘Only 2 posts? LOL’ we are happy not to have you if this is not where you want to be. Your condescending tone is a distraction from what you are trying to communicate.

a texan

August 12th, 2009
3:05 pm

those pesky republicans wanting to hang on to that hard earned money. shame on them.

Betty S. Raybourne

August 12th, 2009
4:51 pm

Go CCPD! Keep up the good work. :-)

Chief Turner and his officers are out there working hard for us in Clayton County. Please support all of our law enforcement agencies. Although some BOC members (cough..Chair) are doing their darndest to remove good people from Clayton payrolls, rest assured, we the citizens of Clayton County don’t have to tolerate it, and we have our county employees backs!

Thanks to all who support our Clayton County employees, especially those in the CCPD, CCSO, and CCFD/EMS.

Police state?

August 12th, 2009
7:10 pm

This is just another attempt to raise funds for the county’s general fund. It is done on the backs of low income black and hispanic people. The county is in the red. everything from code enforcement, traffic stops forfitures and court cost and fines are imposed on the low income citizens. We need jobs! I would like to see the county leadership address that. We can’t lock up Clayton County to save Clayton County!


August 12th, 2009
10:55 pm

Bring on the police, ASAP! We need CIA and FBI in the schools. Two charter schools have been given state school board support to become Georgia’s first commission charter schools. This clears the way for local matching funds to be released to Ivy Preparatory Academy in Norcross and Statesboro’s Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts & Technology – a key benefit of becoming a commission charter school. Ivy Prep and CCAT can receive a share of local education dollars as well as the state and federal funds they already receive. They would be funded as any other public school. Clayton’s chartered school’s loss; just like I told you earlier. The plutocracts from Clayton and the uncouth colored electorate toms have sold your children’s education to the jail/prison industrical complex; for a nickel to benefit –? You know who! We need CIA and FBI in the schools.


August 13th, 2009
12:15 pm

Lock them all up! Kudos to the police and sheriff’s department for their hard work. Maybe the bottomfeeders will find the new climate of accountability inhospitable and leave quickly!

Not a Ne Ne fan

August 13th, 2009
4:32 pm

I say lock them all up too. The inmates have been running the asylum for way too long. Regardless of race or color if you’re not breaking the law you don’t have to worry about T.E.A. parties. Keep up the good work CCPD.


August 14th, 2009
3:53 pm

An educated, trained and armed populace is a safe populace. Take firearms classes and arm yourselves. Exercise your 2nd amendment rights…


August 16th, 2009
3:01 pm

America can’t deal with “Truth and Facts”!

Not Invisible

August 16th, 2009
3:15 pm

I Qoute, “Everyone” is entitled quality Health Care”, not just the greedy rich!


August 17th, 2009
2:20 pm

Health care is not an entitlement. It is an individuals responsibility. That would be like if I expected the “government” to pay ofr my kids car insurance.

let talk we talk

September 7th, 2009
1:46 pm

I think that we all need to be involve in the neighborhood ,school,but we look for entertainment more we need to teacher more way of contacts and right way of contacts and delivery Business the right way in Clayton Country there no repeats for each other people in Local Government do just what that want to People that are not in Government I can not understand how a Fire Chief Move from Fire Department to Commission office, But never vote in ,is this Entertainment of Business is this good for Clayton Country Tax paid are paying for this Move