Crime Prevention Tour
The Crime Prevention Tour allows concerned DeKalb citizens to meet face to face with elected officials and law enforcement personnel. The Tour makes four stops throughout the year, visiting North, East, South, and Central DeKalb County and brings essential information to the residents of those areas. During these events, community members are able to ask questions of their elected officials and learn about issues that are of concern to them.
Some of the topics that have been discussed during past Crime Prevention Tour events have included:
- Teen violence
- Domestic violence
- Elder abuse
- Educational neglect
- Interactive community policing
- Code enforcement
Back to School
One of Solicitor-General Boston’s key goals it to encourage DeKalb’s families to strive to have children attend school every day so that we can build a better future for all. Solicitor-General Boston and her staff regularly meet with Parent Teacher Organizations at local schools as well as attend and even sponsor back to school events to spread the word about how important it is for parents and students to go to school every day. After all, the statistics regarding educational neglect can be alarming. In Georgia, nearly 88% of all prison inmates are high school dropouts. And, 90% of the inmates in the DeKalb County Jail never obtained their high school diploma. While the Office investigates and prosecutes parents and guardians who fail to ensure their children are enrolled in and continuously attend school, it also partners with a team of trained professionals to identify and counsel chronically absent children and their parents before the absenteeism escalates to criminal prosecution.
Paws for the Cause
The Solicitor-General in conjunction with the District Attorney and community organizations, participates in an annual event on the Decatur Square to increase awareness around issues of animal neglect and cruelty and combat crimes against animals. The Solicitor believes animals are especially vulnerable to mistreatment because they cannot care for or speak for themselves. Educational outreach is key to preventing neglect and cruelty because many pet owners aren't aware of how important affection is to a pet or even that a puppy can outgrow her collar.
The event, usually held in the spring or summer, features live music, various food vendors, moonwalks, dog agility/Frisbee performances and more. An on-site veterinarian has administered low cost immunizations and micro chipping. Animal Action Rescue, DeKalb Animal Services & Enforcement, and Village Vets often bring puppies and dogs that are available for adoption.