Box 21, Folder 45, Document 18

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Box 21, Folder 45, Document 18

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ATLANTA
S UI T E \ 13 0
COMM ER C E BUILD I N G
A TL A NTA , GEO RG I A 3 0 3 03
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
68 8 · 34 11
A Cit izen s ' O rga n i zation Devo te d to Traffic Improve me nt and Acc id e nt Preven t ion
July 7, 1967
Mr. Charles B. Fisher
739 West Peachtree Street, N. E .
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Dear Mr . Fish r !
Mayor Allen referred t o me y ur letter and the atticle from the American
Legion magazine regarding private citizen policing activities . I am sorry
I m so long replying, rut it came while l was out of the city.
The idea of having citizen ..observer "h been tried a number of t ime
including bere in Atlanta some yearo back . Although t agree with the advan tages you point out that the system has, t here arc a number of disadvantages
as well. The most obvious p oblem le that the cit izenn have no legal standing
and their o ervations can be used only as advisory infonnatlon . Each time
this is tried a great deal of criticism a.rises from the public who invariably
interpret this s "vigilaJite" action .
Weighing 11 of the pro nd cone I find that I perso Uy end up coming ck
to the conclusion tho.t policing hollld be le to the police and th t additional
police should be ddcd if
ne d to increa e enforcem nt, rather than using
cltizena who are not able to follow through on th"' violation they o erve and
ose ..s mi --official"
a could
a soorce of publ c irritation.
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S1ncer y,
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Mayor h'
Allen, Jr.
GEORGE GOODWIN , PRES I DENT
B I LL C. W AIN W R I G H T, MRS . LUC l l...l.E S . HUFFMAN , V I CE PRESIDENTS
C, A, MC NA I R, TREASURER
EDMUN D W. HUGHES, MANAG I NG D I RECTOR
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