The Marietta Police Department is creating a new program to reduce crime on Franklin Road and promoted Stephen Campisi to the rank of lieutenant February 11 to lead and help create the initiative.
Campisi will spearhead a comprehensive departmental plan that will use community policing techniques to fight crime in the neighborhood. The program is expected to begin in mid March.
The Franklin Road area is a federal Weed and Seed Community. The program helps fund additional shifts of police patrols in the area and helps coordinate resources -- including police, non-profit organizations and the community -- to improve the area. Federal authorities have also joined city police in tackling crime.
During Lt. Campisi's 13-year career, he has been assigned to uniform patrol, investigative services, and the community outreach unit, where he developed several community oriented policing programs still in place today.
Campisi also supervised the selective traffic enforcement unit, where he developed and led saturation patrols for Franklin Road and designed a pedestrian safety program to educate citizens and reduce injuries. He also participated in the Fatal Decision Education Program focused on underage drinking and driving.
Campisi earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Valdosta State University and is enrolled at Columbus State University for a master's degree in public administration.
For more information, call 770-794-5324.