By Walter Dees Jr., Home Ownership Coach

On Tuesday, August 29th, 2016, Operation HOPE attended the “Crime is Toast” event, a signature breakfast hosted by the Atlanta Police Foundation. The event recognized the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department with outstanding service awards, including Meritorious Service, Purple Heart and Officer of the Year.

HOPE Financial Coach, Walter Dees Jr., at "Crime is Toast" breakfast event.

HOPE Financial Coach, Walter Dees Jr., at “Crime is Toast” breakfast event.

Highlights from the breakfast included Mayor Kasim Reed’s State of Public Safety Address, addressing the city’s accomplishments in conjunction with the Atlanta Police Foundation. Police Chief Turner delivered the State of the Force Address, which emphasized the police department’s role in the city. They are working to make Atlanta a safer place to live, through efforts such as the Secure Neighborhoods Initiative. The goal of the Secure Neighborhoods Initiative is to improve public safety by placing police in Atlanta neighborhoods through housing opportunities. The initiative offers sworn police officers—who are committed to living in the communities they protect and serve—affordable options, incentives to stay and clear pathways to homeownership. As individuals from the police department become pillars in their communities, it increases the neighborhood’s stability and overall security.

HOPE Financial Coach, Walter Dees Jr., was in attendance to bring awareness to other precincts and officers spanning the Atlanta area. “The need for Operation HOPE’s services is great and the Atlanta Police Foundation is making sure officers are getting the benefits of being financially fit.”

– Walter Dees Jr., HOPE Financial Coach

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) has partnered with Operation HOPE to create a unique HOPE Inside program, designed to provide APD employees with financial literacy training and educate them on the importance of planning for the future. Learn more about Operation HOPE’s partnership with the Atlanta Police Department.