Cobb County Government

THE PENS DISPATCH

From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 4 PENS Police Email Notification System

MONTHLY EDITION - MARCH 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the March edition of THE PENS DISPATCH. This bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 4 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU4) 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.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY TOPIC OF THE MONTH

On March 9, 2018 at approximately 4:45 AM the victim was driving on Terrell Mill Road near paper Mill Road when she was pulled over by what she thought was a police vehicle. The male suspect approached the victim and during the course of speaking with her asked for her driver’s license. While she was reaching for her license the suspect grabbed the victim by her collar and opened her driver door. He then began to conduct what she thought was a “pat down” for her ID. Instead he began to grope and sexually assault the victim as she sat in her seat. After a brief time he stopped and let her leave the scene.

The suspect was driving a vehicle with a light bar on top of it. It is not known what type of vehicle. He was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, with an average build, with short dark brown hair worn in a buzz cut, unshaven, and with a square-shaped head. He was described as being approximately 30 years of age. He was wearing a dark jacket with a light blue emblem or some other writing on it, a black vest with a star-shaped gold badge on one side and three service bars (gold) on the other. He was wearing a tan collared uniform shirt with a gold emblem on the left side of the collar and a white t-shirt under the uniform shirt. He was wearing dark pants. He was also wearing a police duty belt with a gun, Taser, and radio.

This uniform combination does not match any uniform of any law enforcement agency operating in Cobb County, be they County or other municipality.

The Cobb County Police Department advises citizens to be aware of their surroundings as often as possible, even when interacting with the police. Following are a few recommendations to consider when pulling over for an officer who is conducting a traffic stop:

  • Pull over in a public area.
  • Find a well-lit area so the officer can see you and you can see the officer. Turn on your hazard lights, slow down, and find the best location available to pull over.
  • You do not have to roll your window all the way down in order to speak to an officer or give an officer your driver’s license and proof of insurance (but the license and proof of insurance are required to be handed over if an officer asks for them).
  • You can call 911 and make sure you are being pulled over by an actual officer (if you are unsure due to darkness or the car not being easily recognized as a marked patrol vehicle) while driving slowly with your hazard lights on.
  • If you suspect the individual is not an actual officer, call 911 immediately and give your location and a description of the suspect and suspect vehicle if visible. Stay on the phone with the 911 operator until an officer arrives to assist you.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-3945.

 

STAY UP TO DATE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION

Cobb Department of Public Safety staff is 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.

 

WHAT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CAN DO

Please remember to lock your car doors and close your garage doors. The majority of entering auto crimes victimize cars left unlocked. Also, try to remember to secure any bags, purses, cases, etc. in your trunk prior to arriving at a gym, park or shopping center. Thieves are known to watch these areas.

Remember to report suspicious activity. If you see something, say something. Call 911 and let police check it out. The police count on you to be our eyes and provide us with information. There’s a great many more concerned citizens in East Cobb than there are police officers. Continue to share any crimes and suspicious activity with the police and your neighbors to keep everyone aware and watchful.

Precinct 4 is happy to announce our Community Engagement Officer, Nathalie Jegg. If you are having an HOA meeting, wish to start a Neighborhood Watch or have any community related questions, please contact Officer Jegg at Nathalie.jegg@cobbcounty.org, or call the precinct at (770) 499-4184.

 

Everyone can sign up for PENS alerts and monthly bulletins.

Send an email to our administrative specialist, Teresa Hayes, to request to be a PENS Representative. Teresa.Hayes@cobbcounty.org

PENS is now working in coordination with Nextdoor.com to reach out to more of the East Cobb Community. You will receive our monthly bulletins and other immediate crime trends with the direct communication between us and your neighborhoods.  Sign up at Nextdoor.com

 

FEATURED INCIDENTS

We have seen a series of tire and wheel thefts along the Roswell Road corridor over the past couple of weeks. This activity is similar to crimes victimizing Powers Ferry Road over the past few months. Most of the vehicles targeted have been in apartment complexes and the crimes usually occur between 2 am and 5 am. The suspects use stolen vans to remove the items from the scene. If you see anything suspicious, especially during the times of 2-5 am, please call police immediately.

 

Thanks for your participation.

Remain Safe and Vigilant!

Lieutenant Kitchens
Sergeant Thorp
Sergeant Gasque