It is 13 years a little late, but the city of Atlanta has finally fulfilled its 2,000 by 2,000 campaign for the police department.
Mayor Kasim Reed says despite the downturn in the economy and loss of officers to attrition over the years, the city has finally met its goal.
"I'm proud to stand here today and say, despite all the doubt and those that said we would not get here, we did it," he says.
The police department hired its 2000th officer last week, a recruit named Wesley Floyd, A native of Henry County and graduate of Georgia Southern University. He says he wanted to stay close to home and give back to his community.
"I feel really privileged to be here and I know it's a really hard department to get on with," he tells WSB's Sandra Parrish.
Reed says the goal now is to keep the number of officers at its current level. He says as property values climb and the tax digest begins to rise, the city should be able to offer incentives for officers to stay.