Cobb Police PENS (Police E-mail Notification System)
Welcome to the October edition of the Pens Bulletin brought to you by the Cobb County Police Criminal Investigations Unit at Precinct Two.
Public Safety Topic(s) of the Month
Common Safety Tips for Halloween
As Halloween approaches I have included some safety tips to allow for a fun and safe holiday.
Provide adult supervision
Trick or treat is safer – not to mention more fun – in groups, and adult supervision is essential. So get together with other adults and make an evening of it. Bring cellphones for quick pictures and emergencies, but leave them in your pockets to avoid getting distracted.
Stay on the sidewalks
The thrill of the holiday often factors into accidents as excited kids rush from door to door. Keep children on the sidewalks, and shepherd them carefully when they need to cross the road. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road, facing traffic.
Carefully check candy
Check candy for choking hazards like gum and hard candies. Throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers.
Costume Safety Tips
Choose bright, visible costumes
When selecting a costume, opt for the bright-colored outfits and add a touch of reflective tape to the material. Stick some reflective tape on their trick-or-treat bags as well so they can be easily spotted by motorists. Lastly, don’t forget to make sure they’re equipped with a flashlight or glow stick – must-have accessories for any costume.
Make sure costumes are well-fitted and safe
Being visible isn’t the only safety consideration for a costume. The right fit is just as important. Here’s some advice on keeping your child’s ensemble safe and secure:
- Prevent accidental tripping or entanglement by making sure costumes aren’t too big or long
- Avoid masks that block vision, but if your child wears one – it should have large eye, nose and mouth openings. You can also op for makeup or face paint as an alternative
- Costumes, wigs and accessories should contain a label indicating they are flame resistant
- Make sure accessories such as swords, canes, or sticks are not sharp or too long
If makeup is a part of your child’s Halloween costume plans, make sure it is non-toxic and test it on a small area first. Before your child goes to bed, make sure to remove all makeup.
The Cobb County Police Camera Registration program is a police/community video partnership that operates on a voluntary basis with homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners who own private video surveillance systems. We encourage both businesses and residents to register their cameras online by completing the form below.
This program is intended to let our officers know where cameras are active in the county in case a crime occurs. It is not intended for active surveillance, and officers will not have direct access to homeowners' cameras. Those who register a camera will be contacted if a crime occurs in the vicinity of that camera.
Information provided by residents and businesses will be maintained in a secure database.
Your Heroes at Work
Search Warrant / Narcotics
Precinct 2 Officers responded to a residence in reference to possible narcotics usage and possession at the home based off of Officer’s previous knowledge of traffic violation encounters from subjects leaving the home. Initial contact was made with a male and two females. It was suspected that homeless subjects who lived nearby in the woods frequented the home and it was unknown if there were any other persons inside of the house, so officers performed a safety sweep of the interior to ensure there were no more subjects inside. Once inside, officers located the homeowner and another female subject in a back bedroom. Narcotic contraband was observed in plain view inside and outside. All of the located subjects were secured outside under guard of officers while a search warrant was requested and granted for the residence.
A search of the house yielded 6 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of methamphetamine, and 20 Clonazepam (Klonopin) pills. All six persons found at the scene were arrested and charged with various V.G.C.S.A. charges due to their proximity of the narcotics.
On October 7, 2018, Precinct II officers to an armed robbery. Radio advised that there were two suspects and both were armed with .380 handguns and that the two suspects took $5000 and fled.
Important note: The victim was involved in an auto accident and received a large settlement today. He stated he has been posting pictures of himself with the money all day on “Snapchat.”
A juvenile male arrived in the area a short time later and was immediately recognized as one of the suspects by the victim. Officer checking the area located the additional suspect at the Checkers Restaurant and brought him to the scene. Again, the victim immediately recognized the second suspect.
All suspects were arrested and charged with armed robbery.
Assist Other Agency (APD) Escaped Prisoner
Precinct Two officers were dispatched to a request for assistance from Atlanta Police reference an Armed Robbery Suspect that escaped from the Atlanta Public Safety Annex on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway near the Veterans Memorial Hwy bridge into Cobb County. Officers responded to the area to assist with the search. Officers met with an APD Lieutenant advised that the escapee was a 16-year-old Armed Robbery suspect who has a history of criminal offenses including escape. The transporting officer was walking the suspect back to his patrol car from the Annex when the suspect broke free and ran into a large wooded area. Cobb PD K9 Officers responded at APD’s request to help APD K9’s with the search. Precinct Two officers assisted with the perimeter by manning posts on the Veterans Memorial Highway and Mableton Parkway bridges over the Chattahoochee River. A Dekalb PD helicopter also responded and used FLIR to search the area after K9 tracks were called off. The suspect was not located, but was believed to be in the Fulton Industrial Blvd/Sandy Creek Rd area near Brown Field airport.
These are only a few examples that demonstrate the hard work and professionalism exhibited by the officers of Precinct 2 on a daily basis.
Community Affairs Officers for Precinct 2
Officer Penirelli and Officer Conwell are assigned as the Community Affairs officers serving the community in Precinct 2.
The Community Affairs Unit seeks to effectively engage the community and citizens to strengthen Public Safety and community partnerships, facilitate a joint effort in solving problems which affect our community, and foster enhanced trust, communication, transparency, and mutual respect.
Officers help foster a strong working relationship between the Department and the community it serves. Officers work with homeowners associations, community organizations, advocacy groups, public and private schools, faith-based organizations, and individual residents to promote partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
As a result of these working partnerships, the officers are able to develop pro-active crime fighting projects that are jointly undertaken by Department personnel and citizens.
If you have a concern effecting your area or would like more information regarding this unit, please contact Officer Penirelli or Conwell.
Cobb Department of Public Safety staff are working to enhance the delivery of near real-time information to residents about incidents that may have significant and/or imminent impacts on their safety or welfare. DPS has implemented the SwiftReach Swift911 notification system to distribute these types of alerts.
SwiftReach is a high-speed emergency notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations including severe weather, missing and endangered persons or significant road closures due to fatality accidents or other unplanned incidents in the local area. The program has the capability of delivering pre-recorded messages to the entire county via telephone, cell phone, email and text messaging. The system uses a publicly-available list of phone numbers that can be removed or updated by both residents and businesses.
There are two simple options to opt-in and provide contact information for this service. A sign up portal is available on the Police, Fire, EMA and Public Safety pages on the Cobb County website. Residents can also get the Swift911 Mobile App by texting the word “Swift911” to “99538.” The response text will be a link for the Swift 911 app in the app store. SwiftReach is another example of using current technology to ensure residents receive vital information from the Department of Public Safety. For more information, visit the Department of Public Safety page at www.cobbcounty.org and click on the SwiftReach icon.
Cobb PAL focuses on juvenile crime prevention through athletic and recreational activities for Cobb County’s high-risk neighborhoods, primarily in South Cobb. There are many ways that you can help, whether it be spreading the word, getting your children involved, volunteering your time and resources or donating money. If you wish to assist this worthwhile program or make a donation, please go to the PAL volunteer page.
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Lieutenant M.T. Brown - Precinct 2 Criminal Investigations Unit
Sergeant M. Nerbonne - Precinct 2 Criminal Investigations Unit (Day)
Sergeant K. Clausen - Precinct 2 Criminal Investigations Unit (Evenings)