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Decatur, Georgia Information

The county seat for DeKalb county, Georgia is the city of Decatur, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the 2013 census the city had a population of 20,146 and is serviced by the following zip codes: 30030, 30032,30033,30307, and 30317. Decatur is about five miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and has a total area of 4.2 square miles of land. The Eastern Continental Divide bisects the city along the CSX (formerly Georgia Railroad) trackage right of way. During the late 20th century, Atlanta grew into parts of DeKalb County and many citizens moved further away from the city, which resulted in decreasing home values. Thanks to a few long term downtown projects, the area has recovered into a trendy district with great transit access to Atlanta. The area has three area codes in use: 404, 678, and 470.

Decatur is ranked #38 in Georgia and #3,956 in the United States with a livability score of 77, which is in the 86th percentile. The city scored best for great weather, amenities, crime, employment and housing. The average summer temperature is a comfortable 77 degrees, there are many amenities in the area, crime is 26 percent lower than the state of Georgia, housing is 152 percent higher than the state, and employment is 60 percent higher than Georgia’s.

The overall crime rate in Decatur is 11% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 6.91 daily crimes that occur in Decatur. Decatur is safer than 48% of the cities in the United States. In Decatur you have a 1 in 40 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Decatur has decreased by 30%.

Of the factors which are used to determine the livability index, Decatur does well in the areas of weather, housing, employment, crime and amenities. It scores poorly in the areas of Education, and Cost of Living.

Patti Garrett, Mayor

Patti Garrett was elected to the City Commission in 2009 and as Mayor Pro Tempore in 2015. Her term as mayor expires in 2021. She has been active in the community since moving to Decatur in 2001. Previously Patti served as chair of the Decatur Tour of Homes committee, house captain on the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, a board member of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, and as secretary of the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of New American Pathways. She attends Decatur First United Methodist Church and has served on its board of trustees. Patti is a 2012 graduate of Leadership DeKalb, a member of the 2010 class of the Regional Leadership Institute and serves on the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). She is active in the DeKalb Municipal Association and serves as Policy Chair. Patti also serves on the Community Resources Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. A graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Patti has taught nutrition at Georgia State University and worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Emory University Health Services. She currently provides nutrition services through PMG Nutrition LLC. Patti also received the 2010 Georgia Dietetic Association Distinguished Service to a Community Award.

Decatur, Georgia Crime rates and statistics:

In 2016, the crime index in Decatur, Georgia was 172.8 which was lower the United States average of 280.5.

Decatur City Crime Rates

The total crime rate in Decatur was 2,521 total crimes for every 100,000 residents, which is lower than the average in the state of Georgia with 3,402 total crimes per 100,000 persons, and higher than the national average of 2,837 total crimes for every 100,000 citizens.

According to our research of Georgia and other state lists there were 489 registered sex offenders living in Decatur, Georgia as of June 13, 2018. The ratio of number of residents in Decatur to the number of sex offenders is 44 to 1.

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Decatur, Georgia Police Department Address:

Decatur Police Department
420 West Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030
Open 24 Hours

Decatur Police Dept

Other Information about the Decatur Police Department:

Scott Richards, Acting Chief of Police

In 2016, there were 51 full-time law enforcement employees, 39 of whom were police officers. This means that in the year 2016 in there were 1.74 police officers for every 1,000 residents in Decatur, Georgia, while the state average in Georgia that same year was 2.50 officers for every 1,000 residents.

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Open Records Request in Decatur, Georgia:

For record requests in Decatur, Georgia, you can check this site to see what records are available and to see where your records request is if you have requested one:

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Decatur City Clerk

Decatur City Clerk

For records from different government agencies in DeKalb County, Georgia:

DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court

Debra DeBerry, DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court
DeKalb County Courthouse
556 North McDonough Street, Ground Floor
Decatur, GA 30030

County Sheriff, Most Wanted, Warrant Information

Melody M. Maddox
Sheriff, DeKalb County, Georgia
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters
Executive Offices
4415 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
PH: 404.298.8100
Fax: 404.298.8101
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. M-F (except holidays)

DeKalb County Jail
4425 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
PH: 404.298.8145
Fax: 404.298.8264
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Mail Policy at the DeKalb County Jail:

DeKalb County Mail Policy

Information on inmate accounts at the DeKalb County Jail:

DeKalb County Inmate Account

For information on visitation with an inmate at the DeKalb County Jail:

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