The Crimes Against Persons Division is commanded by Major Dan Ferrell.
The Crimes Against Persons Unit is broken down into several units dedicated to the investigation of specific crimes.
The Homicide Unit is comprised of a group of highly trained and highly skilled detectives who investigate some of the worst crimes against society. Those crimes are as follows.
- Deaths: Homicides, Suicides, Natural and Accidental (except for traffic fatalities)
- Assault/Battery: including those against children shot or stabbed.
- Sex offenses involving victims over the age of 17 years.
- Kidnapping (except parental "snatching")
- Missing Persons
- Harassing, obscene, or threatening telephone calls
- Product Tampering
- Terroristic Threats
The Robbery Unit is responsible for the investigation of all robberies that occur in unincorporated Cobb County.
Technology Based Crime Unit
The Technology Based Crime Unit is located in the Cobb County Police Headquarters Building in Marietta and is supervised by a Lieutenant who reports directly to the Crimes Against Persons Division Commander. The unit is responsible for the following:
- Investigating Computer Trespass
- Investigating Computer Invasion of Privacy
- Investigating Computer Theft (defrauding others of money via the internet)
- Performing Computer and Digital Media Forensics
- Performing cellular and Smart Phone Forensics
- Performing Analog and Digital Video Forensics
The goal of the Cobb County Police Technology Based Crime Unit is to investigate criminal activity which was perpetrated through the use of computers or advanced information technology and provide digital forensic support to all of the investigative units within the department. The Technology Based Crime Unit occasionally provides digital forensics support to outside agencies upon request.
Crime Analysis Unit
The crime analysis unit develops and utilizes a multitude of information sources to assist investigators and other members of the department with the identification of evidence used to link cases and identify suspects.
Crime Scene Unit
The crime scene unit is responsible for documenting and processing crime scenes to locate evidence, identify suspects, and to present evidence in criminal proceedings. Crime scene technicians are responsible for processing evidence utilizing a variety of procedures for fingerprint, DNA, and trace evidence.
Domestic Violence/Stalking Unit
The Domestic Violence/Stalking Unit (DVSU) is a part of the Special Victims Unit which includes Crimes Against Children. DVSU detectives provide investigative support to law enforcement in dealing with domestic violence, stalking, and elder abuse. DVSU also refers victims to victim advocates to better assist with applications for Temporary Protection Orders and other services. DVSU works closely with the Cobb District Attorney's Office as well as the Cobb YWCA. DVSU is responsible for the investigation of:
- Domestic Violence
- Domestic Related Sexual Offenses
- Elder Abuse
Crimes Against Children
The Crimes Against Children Unit (CAC) is a unit of dedicated detectives that provide superior investigative support to law enforcement in dealing with Crimes Against Children. CAC is responsible for the investigation of the following incidents:
- Investigation of child abuse and neglect of persons under the age of 18.
- Sexual offenses where either the perpetrator or victim is a juvenile.
- Domestic Snatchings (parental kidnapping)
- Juvenile Missing Persons (if foul play is evident, Homicide Unit will investigate).
- All aggravated assaults and/or aggravated battery involving persons under 17.
- Robbery involving intimidation between juveniles.
- Internet Crimes Against Children including peer to peer investigations, and Internet Child Exploitation.
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children to include juvenile prostitution.