Cobb County Government

January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of THE PENS DISPATCH. This bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 3 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU3) and is designed to keep you aware of safety alerts and crime trends in your area and measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.

CIU3 welcomes Sergeant Michael Goodman to the unit. He is replacing Sergeant Dorsey who was recently promoted to lieutenant. Sergeant Goodman has worked in Uniform Patrol as a patrolman and a sergeant previously. He has also worked as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit and Crimes Against Person.

We also welcome Detective Zach Stannard to CIU3. He has served with the department for just over three years in Uniform Patrol here at Pct. Three.


Cobb County Police Department forms new Community Affairs Unit

The Cobb County Police Department now has a Community Affairs Unit. The Units goal is to foster the relationship between the police and the citizens of Cobb County in order to have a positive police-community relationship. The Unit is supervised by Sgt. Jeff Tatroe and staffed by the following officers:

  • Fernando Pharr – Pct. 1 area
  • Neil Penirelli and Stephen DeLoach – Pct. 2 area
  • Randall Foley – Pct. 3 area
  • Nathalie Jegg – Pct. 4 area
  • Jamaar Hicks – Pct. 5 area

Officer R D Foley is currently assigned to the Community Affairs Unit of the Cobb County Police Department. Officer Foley has been employed for 17 years by the CCPD and has worked all 17 years in uniform patrol. He has been assigned to Pct. 3 for the past nine years. The Community Affairs Unit seeks to establish partnerships within the community. The Community Affairs Unit seeks to be invited to meetings and events that foster partnerships and a working relationship between the community and the Cobb County Police Department. Officer Foley be contacted at or my phone is 470-423-9293.

The Community Affairs Unit has many programs that help build a bridge which enables residents and law enforcement to communicate, collaborate, and work together to build safer, more caring communities. Contact Sgt. Jeff Tatroe at 770-499-3981 to see how the Community Affairs Unit can be involved with school, neighborhood, business, homeowners association, etc.


Crime Tips: Burglary Prevention

In Precinct 5 Burglaries like many other crimes are crimes of opportunity. Perpetrators tend ride around residential neighborhoods looking for items of value they can easily steal. There are several ways you can make this harder for them.

  • Close your garage door if you’re not in the immediate area or not home.
  • Secure items of value that are outside or in a shed (lawn and power tools).
  • Don’t leave mail in your mail box or papers in your driveway when you’re out of town.
  • Use automatic, motion or remote lights inside and out when you’re not at home to make it look like someone’s there.
  • Always keep a watchful eye for suspicious activity and talk to your neighbors about what’s going on in your neighborhood.

Call the police if you see anything suspicious.


Cobb Department of Public Safety (DPS) 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 and click on the SwiftReach icon.


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