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PTC welcomes new Police Chief Moon

ChiefMoonThe City of Peachtree City on Monday welcomed new Police Chief Janet Moon, who was most recently deputy chief of police for the City of Suwanee on the northeast edge of the Metro Atlanta area.
Moon said Tuesday morning she is starting the process of settling into her police department office space, but the perhaps even greater task will be relocating her family and farm animals from the Suwanee area down to the Peachtree City area. Currently, she has six horses, six goats, and two donkeys, so not just any address will do.
Moon says she was interested in the Peachtree City job vacancy, partly because it was good timing in her own career, and partly because she believes Peachtree City and Suwanee share many of the same positive traits. She said both communities enjoy high quality of life and standard of living, and police departments in both jurisdictions operate from a “community policing” foundation.
However, Moon is quick to note that community policing does not mean being “soft on crime.” In fact, she says excellent communication between police and the community means being able to address crime issues more quickly and effectively.
Moon is complimentary of Peachtree City Police Department as it currently operates, and she says she is particularly pleased with its community rapport. She says she wants to take that success even further.
“Maybe we can make it an even better place,” she said.
There are differences between Suwanee and Peachtree City as well, Moon acknowledges, largely due to the fact that Peachtree City has almost twice the population of Suwanee. As of 2013, Peachtree City is said to have almost 35,000 residents, where Suwanee, at that time, reportedly had just under 18,000.
“Peachtree City is kind of like Suwanee on steroids,” Moon said.
Another difference, the full extent of which will not be seen for some time, is that Peachtree City is located near the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios, which has already reportedly affected the local real estate market. Moon says one of her higher priorities is to help her department “strategically prepare” to respond to the community’s changing needs in light of local growth in the movie industry.
“As the movie industry grows, so will demand for our services,” Moon said.
Moon began her policing career 30 years ago in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. She then joined the Rome Police Department in 1989, rising to the rank of Lieutenant before joining the Suwanee Police Department in 2001. She is said to have been instrumental in helping the department build a $1.9 million, 7,100 square-foot police substation with a training facility.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.