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DEKALB: Police hiring nearly 130 officers

DEKALB: Police hiring nearly 130 officers

TUCKER, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department is seeking qualified applicants to join the force.  Applications will be accepted to fill approximately 127 officer positions for the December Police Academy Class, according to DeKalb Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Department will host a recruitment fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Representatives from various units throughout the agency will be on hand to discuss career opportunities with potential applicants.  Background and Recruiting personnel will also conduct pre-screening interviews and assist with the initial application process.  Interested parties, who meet the below criteria, are encouraged to attend the recruitment fair to learn more about becoming one of DeKalb County's Finest. 

Minimum Police Officer Requirements:

Drive First - Great Hang Up Campaign

Drive First - Great Hang Up Campaign

ATLANTA -11Alive is committed to the Great Hang Up campaign which is why we continue to bring you new ideas to help keep you and your family safe on the road.

Sprint has released a new app for your smart phone that will disable the phone while you drive.

"Go to Sprint.com forward slash'Drive First'," Kristen Wallace of Sprint said, as she demonstrated how it works.

However, that wasn't good enough for us. We needed to put it to the test.

The app is supposed to disable the phone after you go over 10 miles per hour. It tracks your progress by tracking the phone from cell towers.

Also, if you make a phone call and then drive, the app will disconnect your call.

After a few start-up hiccups, on our test drive, it worked! You can disable the app or bypass it to call 911 while you're moving.

Weekend Weather and Tropical Update

Tired of the wedge yet?  That east wind that brought in the clouds and cooler air yesterday is sticking with us for a big part of the weekend.  We will continue with weather today that will be very similar to what we had yesterday.  Expect a good coverage of clouds with only a few thin spots in the clouds at times to allow just a few peeks of sun here and there. 

That east wind brings in a shallow layer of cool air at the surface.  That will keep our temps in the lower 70s today.  Our high yesterday was 72.  The wedge will be slow to break.  I expect the clouds to hold with us Sunday.  We may have a few more breaks in the clouds Sunday which will help temperatures to get up to 75.

WEEKEND EVENTS: JapanFest, Hayden's Walk and Falcons

WEEKEND EVENTS: JapanFest, Hayden's Walk and Falcons

ATLANTA -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The East Atlanta Village will be action-packed, this weekend. Come out for the 14th Annual East Atlanta Strut, which is a yearly one day extravaganza which includes live music, comedy, a 5K Run/Walk, Artists Market and food. The village is located at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals Road and the festival begins at 10:00 a.m.

The How Sweet the Sound Choir and Gospel Concert will be held at Philips Arena on Saturday, September 17. Organizers want you to “raise your praise hands ad experience and anointing as incredible choirs and gospel celebrities rock the house during this empowering evening”.

Dekalb Police Dept. Recruitment Fair

Dekalb Police Dept. Recruitment Fair

TUCKER – DeKalb Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces that the DeKalb County Police Department is currently seeking qualified applicants to join the force.  Applications will be accepted to fill approximately 127 officer positions for the December Police Academy Class.

On Tuesday, September 30th, the Department will host a recruitment fair from 4 p.m.

New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action

New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- At a district-wide meet and greet in late August, then-incoming superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson told parents she wanted to hit the ground running - promising better communication and a thorough district-wide review.

In her first day on the job, she took steps toward fulfilling both of those promises.

Dr. Atkinson released a 90-day plan detailing steps to audit the district's leadership, departments and programs.

READ: Dr. Atkinson's complete 90-day plan

She also visited six schools, touring the building and meeting with each principal. Her goal is to visit each school in the district.

Dr. Atkinson inherits a district under review by SACS. She comes on the heels of former superintendent Crawford Lewis, who was indicted on racketeering charges.