A crime can be considered solved, or "cleared", by law enforcement agencies in two basic ways--by arrest or by exceptional means. When a crime is solved by arrest, three conditions must be met: at least one person has been arrested, charged with the offense and turned over to the courts for prosecution. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, the calculation for the clearance rate is based on the number of crimes, not the number of persons arrested. In order to meet the requirements for clearing a crime based on exceptional means, the law enforcement agency must have identified the offender and the offender's location, gathered enough evidence to make a charge and turn the offender over for prosecution, and encountered some circumstance that prevented the offender from being arrested, charged and prosecuted. Examples of those circumstances include the death of the offender or the refusal of the victim to cooperate with the prosecution.
The data used for this measure came from a web tool provided by National Public Radio (NPR) based on data compiled from the FBI. Data were available for only ten of the fourteen police departments in the county, but those ten represent over 90 percent of the county's population. The Fulton County Sheriff and university police departments were excluded because those agencies are generally involved in very few arrests or criminal investigations. The percentage of crimes solved is calculated by dividing the number of crimes solved in the year by the number of new crimes in the same year. Since some crimes solved may have occurred in a previous year, the clearance rate in some cases may be over 100 percent.
Part 1 crimes include murder and non-negligent homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
This measure tracks the number of health-based water violations by all medium to very large public water systems in Fulton County. Health-based violations occur when a water system detects levels of a contaminant exceeding the safety level (called the maximum contaminant level (MCL)) or when the water system fails to treat the water as required to remove particular contaminants (called a treatment technique violation). Fulton County and the City of Atlanta operate the largest public water systems in the county, but there a number of smaller system included in this measure.
This performance measure tracks the percentage of residents who say they feel safe in their community as estimated through a survey conducted in partnership with the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research in which Fulton County residents were asked "How safe do you feel in your community? Do you feel very safe, somewhat safe, somewhat unsafe or very unsafe?" Respondents who answered "very safe" or "somewhat safe" were counted as feeling safe. The first survey was conducted between August and October of 2016 and a second survey was conducted in the fall of 2017. As of February 2018, only the results of 2016 were available and those are the results shown on this page.
This measure tracks the percentage of public high school students in Fulton County who scored at or above the level set for students on the track to college and career readiness, measured as the percentage of students achieving a Lexile measure greater than or equal to 1275 on the Georgia Milestones American Literature and Composition End of Course assessment. Students scoring at this level have demonstrated proficiency in the knowledge and skills as specified in Georgia’s content standards and are considered prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.
The case clearance rate measures how well the court is keeping up with its incoming case load. A clearance rate of 100% represents a court that is disposing of the same number of cases it is receiving. A clearance rate above 100% represents a court that is disposing of more cases than it is receiving. A clearance rate below 100% represents a court that is disposing of fewer cases than it is receiving. This measure includes only felony cases, which are handled by the Fulton County Superior Court.