Cobb County Government

Questions about what to do if you are involved in a traffic stop?
The Cobb County Police Department has outlined some tips in this video on what can be done to help have a more pleasant and safer interaction.
 
                                         
                    View Traffic Stop Video

To start a neighborhood watch, please take the following steps:

Read our Citizens Awareness Program Brochure [PDF].

Get at least 50% of the homeowners or apartment residents to sign the Neighborhood Watch Petition, which is included in the above mentioned brochure. (The petition needs to include the name, address and phone number for each petitioner).

Fax the completed petition to 770-499-4196 to the attention of the Crime Prevention; or Mail the completed petition to:

Attn: Crime Prevention 
140 N. Marietta Pkwy 
Marietta, GA 30060

Call 770-499-4134 or e-mail Officer Alicia Chilton (Alicia.Chilton@cobbcounty.org) to schedule your startup meeting. 
*Preferred meeting times are Tuesday or Thursday nights at 7 p.m.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY TOPIC OF THE MONTH: 10 Simple Ways to Prevent Theft and Break-Ins

A burglary takes place every 15 seconds in the US. with an average of $2,000 loss per incident.  By the time you are done reading this newsletter, NINE homes would have been broken into.  Pretty scary right?

Below are some easy tips for preventing theft and break-ins that we all should keep in mind.

REINFORCE DOORS AND ENTRY POINTS.  Burglars want to get in and out of a house as quickly as possible. The longer it takes to enter a home, the more likely someone will notice and call the police.  So the harder you make it to gain entry, the better.

NO HIDE & SEEK.  In addition to regular exterior home maintenance, making the home appear lived-in, and keeping shrubbery trimmed to no more than waist high prevents intruders from finding a convenient hiding place.

KEEP IT CLOSED.  Close your garage doors.  An open garage door with bikes, tools, and toys inside just screams "rob me!" All a burglar has to do is run in, take what he wants, and run out. Always lock the entry door into your house, especially when the garage door is open.  If you park your car in the driveway, don't leave the garage door opener in it.   A common tactic used by burglars is to break into a car parked in the driveway, grab the garage door opener, and use it to enter the house or steal items in the garage.

TAKE A PEEK.  There are many advantages for installing security cameras around the inside and outside of your home.  Exterior cameras not only capture video of motion and activity, but they can also deter intruders if they are smart enough to realize they will be caught on film.

DON'T FAKE IT.  Don't be obvious! Keep spare keys in a lockbox, not in a fake rock.  Better yet, install automated locks so you can unlock doors remotely from anywhere in the world.

LIGHT IT UP.  Set up auto lights to turn on at dusk in shadowed areas outside, at the porch, and inside to provide the illusion that your home is occupied.  This is especially important at times of travel.

MIND YOUR TRASH.  One way criminals will stake your house is to check for any big cardboard boxes sitting on your curb. If you make any significant purchases, make sure to cut up the cardboard box it came in so it can fit in a trash bag or a recyclables container. Also, before you throw away any bills or bank statements, shred them to stave off identity theft.

LIKE - DON'T LIKE.  Be selective in what you post on social media.  Don't post about your upcoming spring break trip or upload vacation photos while you are away.  There are seriously bad people surfing social media looking for opportunities to target.  Some of them may even be your "friends".

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR.  Keep in touch with neighbors so they can report suspicious activity when they see it.  Neighbors can also help each other with picking up the mail or packages, watering the potted plants, removing trashcans from the curb, and checking on the house.  Automated locks and remote controls for your security system makes it very convenient for neighbors to be neighborly.

ARM YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM.  No explanation needed!

*This information was shared from EMC Security

Strangulation has only recently been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence:unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. When domestic violence perpetrators choke (strangle) their victims, not only is this a felonious assault, but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power and control, where the batterer can demonstrate control over the victim’s next breath; having devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome.

Sober and conscious victims of strangulation will first feel terror and severe pain. lf strangulation persists, unconsciousness will follow. Before lapsing into unconsciousness, a strangulation victim will usually resist violently, often producing injuries of their own neck in an effort to claw off the assailant, and frequently also producing injury on the face or hands to their assailant. These defensive injuries may not be present if the victim is physically or chemically restrained before the assault.

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

Find out more at upstand.org

Your purple nail is a simple marker of your #PutTheNailinIt vow to end domestic violence. It is also an easy and empowering way for anyone – women, men and even children – to start a conversation about domestic violence and shatter the silence that so often allows it to thrive.

Need tips on having the conversation? Read more at www.refinder29.com.

Take a photo showing your painted nail and tell the world why you have vowed to #PutTheNailinIt. Share your purple nail on social media using the #PutTheNailinIt hashtag and follow @Safehorizon.org on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Cobb County Department of Public Safety staff will start its fall session of the Citizens Public Safety Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The 14-week program will be held in the evenings at the Cobb County DPS Training Center. The program provides an opportunity for Cobb residents to gain an insider’s look at the departments that comprise the Cobb Department of Public Safety: Fire and Emergency Services, Police Department, Animal Control Unit and the Emergency Communications Center. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and either live in Cobb or work for Cobb County Government or Cobb County School System.

The application is due Friday, Aug. 26, and a background check must be completed. If you have any questions, please contact training registrar, Mallorie Wheat, at 770-590-5650.

The next Neighborhood Safety Commission panel discussion will be held 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, and discuss mental health. Panel members will include a judge from Cobb Mental Health Court, a representative from the Community Service Board, Susie Kyle, parent and member of the NAMI Georgia Board, Derek Gage, an attorney specializing in cases involving mental illness, an attorney who specializes in special needs trust and Sue Ryerson, a comedian who has mental health issues.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public and will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. The discussion will also be broadcast live on government access channel CobbTV.

Flag On Saturday, May 21 the ribbon will be cut for the new Military Family Support Center in Cobb County. The 15,000-square-foot facility located at the intersection of Terrell Mill Road and Cobb Parkway will provide discounted goods, groceries and personal care items along with with health screening from WellStar Health Systems to active-duty military members, veterans and their families.

The following courses are offered without charge to Cobb County residents.

Neighborhood Watch Program - Our goal is to educate members of a community about crime, criminal patterns and what to do if you are a victim, or a witness to a crime.The neighborhood is then organized into a system of observers trained in “watch” procedures. This program lasts  approximately 1 hour and begins a continuing liaison with the Crime Prevention Unit. Neighborhoods will need to have at least 50% of homes participating to establish the Watch Program.

See more information and other educational materials.

Group Urges Georgia Lawmakers to Strengthen Family Violence Laws to Adequately Hold Offenders Accountable

ATLANTA, GA, February 2, 2016 – Hundreds gathered at the Georgia State Capitol today, urging legislators to pass a bill that would strengthen Georgia’s existing Family Violence law.  SB193 was the focus of today’s Stop Violence Against Women Day, an annual event to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault in Georgia. This proposed legislation will ensure that a previous family violence battery conviction against the same victim or any family violence felony conviction against any household member would result in a subsequent family violence battery and would be punished as a felony.

CERTlogoThe Community Emergency Response Team program trains people to be better prepared to respond to crises in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. Initial CERT training will be held in February at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

In the wake of the latest fatal on-air killing of two WDBJ7 TV station employees in central Virginia has many wondering how to handle workplace violence, how to recognize warning signs and how to respond.

The United States Department of Labor offers some helpful insights on this matter.

911-textWireless customers in Cobb County can now send a short text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is available to the majority of wireless customers.

All major carriers have completed integration with the Cobb County 911 system. Text to 911 was not developed as a replacement or option to calling 911 in an emergency situation, but rather as an enhancement to reaching 911 services in three specific situations:

1. The caller is hearing/voice impaired

2. A medical emergency renders the person incapable of speech

3. When speaking out loud would put the caller in danger, such as a home invasion, an abduction, a domestic violence incident or an active shooter scenario.

Find out more about the service.