Georgia county opens new headquarters for special police unit
Gwinnett County, Ga., has opened a new headquarters for a special Quality of Life Unit that focuses on community improvement. Three local community improvement districts (CIDs), areas in which property owners assess themselves an extra tax to cover needed infrastructure improvements, assisted local officials in developing the 7,843-square-foot facility.
The Quality of Life Unit, which began in 2005 as Operation Fixing Broken Windows, became a permanent part of the Gwinnett County Police Department in 2006, and in 2007, several code enforcement officers from the county’s Planning and Development Department joined the unit. Quality of Life officers target property maintenance issues, such as graffiti and junk vehicles.
The Gwinnett Village, Gwinnett Place and Evermore CIDs participated in the ribbon cutting for the new headquarters. “The county’s Quality of Life initiative will be a critical component in our overall mission to revitalize the southern part of Gwinnett County,” said Chuck Warbington, executive director of the Gwinnett Village CID in a press release.