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Richard Clarke records of Atlanta Police Department

Collection number: ahc.MSS1227

Scope and Contents

This collection contains administrative records and police publications created and accumulated by Richard Clarke, mostly during his time as Administrative Assistant to Atlanta Chief of Police George Napper (1939-2020). Records include correspondence, monthly reports, crime statistics, and departmental plans. Additional records pertain to Atlanta Police Department initiatives to curb burglaries and other crimes through environmental design, the adoption of buiding security codes, and through the THOR (Target Hardening Opportunity Reduction) Project, a two-year initiative aimed at increasing public awareness of anti-burglary and anti-robbery measures.


  • 1968-1982, 1995, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

John "Richard" Clarke (1949-) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Robert and Elizabeth Clarke. He graduated from Yale University in 1971, earned his Masters degree in Regional Planning at Cornell University in 1974, acquired a PhD in Sociology from Emory University in 1995. In 1973 he married Betty Lou Davis. Mr. Clarke served in the Atlanta Police Department from 1975 until he retired in 2008, obtaining the rank of Management Analyst.


2.1 linear ft. (five document cases)




This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2021

Bias in Description

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Richard Clarke records of Atlanta Police Department
Paul Crater
July 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305