The city of Atlanta is thanking a prominent Atlanta family for a $1 million donation to help the city’s police officers fight crime.
The family of R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr., gave the Atlanta Police Foundation $1 million to support the city’s video integration center, the city announced on March 19. The center will link video feeds from thousands of cameras all over the city.
The city has renamed it the “Loudermilk Operation Shield Video Integration Center” in the family’s honor.
“Public safety has been a top priority for my administration, and this $1 million donation to the Loudermilk Video Integration Center supports our goal of Atlanta becoming the safest big city in America,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a press release.
Other law enforcement officials said the donation will help them meet that goal.
“This leadership gift … helps the Atlanta Police Foundation and Mayor Reed send a strong message to other supporters and to the community that public safety is essential to the health and welfare of our great city,” Atlanta Police Foundation President Dave Wilkinson said in a press release. “We thank the Loudermilk family for their continued leadership and support of the Atlanta Police Foundation.”