In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on sign codes that impacts almost all local governments in the nation. In 2016, the County Attorney’s Office and Community Development Agency rewrote Cobb’s sign ordinance to be in compliance with the new judicial requirements. The change removed all content based regulations to ensure issues of free speech are not being impacted.
In 2016, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office became Georgia’s first county-operated adult detention center to successfully complete a national certification program to eliminate sexual assault. The Prison Rape Elimination Act certification puts in place safeguards, reporting procedures and investigative requirements that will ensure the safe detention of county inmates.
Responsible for registering sex offenders, the sheriff’s office has two full-time investigators who routinely check on offenders to verify they are following all legal restrictions. Several times a year investigators and uniformed deputies conduct countywide sweeps of sex offenders in an effort to verify they are not violating the terms of their release. This is an important step in protecting children across Cobb County.
Our Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit, comprised of volunteer sheriff's deputies, provided more than 2,000 hours of service across the community. Our civilian VIP volunteers gave also donated another 4,000 hours of administrative and operational support.
Public outreach is a top priority for the sheriff's office. In 2016, five firearm safety programs were presented to more than 1,000 county residents and 1,300 gun safety locks were distributed at no cost.
Deputies routinely visit local schools to teach safety programs and to encourage trust between our children and public safety personnel.
In response to the alarming increase of active shooter attacks across the country, the sheriff’s office is deploying rifles, ballistic helmets and enhanced body armor to our field operations deputies. This equipment will greatly increase the ability to stop an attack on our most vulnerable places such as schools, churches and other large community events.