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Precinct 2 PENS November 2020

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Thanksgiving Family Dinner
November 20, 2020

Welcome to the November edition of the PENS Bulletin brought to you by the Cobb County Police Criminal Investigations Unit at Precinct Two.

Public Safety Topic of the Month

Maintaining Mental Health During the Holidays

Whether you are homeschooling your children, working a full-time job from your kitchen table or both, it is understandable if you are feeling drained. As we all ride out these difficult times, there are several effective ways to focus on mental health. Here are some tips to try out this fall:

  • Move your body. Whether this involves walking, yoga or high-intensity exercise, physical activity can have a significant impact on your mental health.
  • Stay social. Even though it may be more difficult to socialize these days, calling a friend or meeting up for a physically distanced walk may help boost your well-being.
  • Take time for yourself. Maybe you unplug from social media or ask your partner to watch your children for a few hours — whatever helps you check back in with yourself.
  • Reduce stress. Relaxing activities such as reading or taking a bath can calm your mind and body and improve your mental health.

Even with the best attempts at maintaining mental health during the holidays, the pandemic has added additional stress to our lives.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.

If you need help, please call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 800-715-4225 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK.

Community Affairs Officers for Precinct 2

The Community Affairs Unit seeks to effectively engage the community and citizens to strengthen Public Safety and community partnerships, facilitate a joint effort in solving problems which affect our community, and foster enhanced trust, communication, transparency, and mutual respect. Officers work with homeowner’s associations, community organizations, advocacy groups, public and private schools, faith-based organizations, and individual residents to promote partnerships that are mutually beneficial.

As a result of these working partnerships, the officers are able to develop pro-active crime fighting projects that are jointly undertaken by Department personnel and citizens.

Officer Mike Hill is assigned as the Community Affairs officers serving the community in Precinct 2.

If you have a concern affecting your area or would like more information regarding this unit, please contact Officer Mike Hill at [email protected].

Your Precinct 2 Heroes at Work

Missing Person/Runaway

On 11/07/2020 a 10 year old female walked away from her residence after an argument with her parents. It was 8 p.m. and the parents discovered her missing some time after she left. Cobb County Precinct 2 officers immediately flooded the scene in a search effort to locate the missing girl. Realizing that the longer she was gone, the more likely harm could befall her, the Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol were notified and offered to assist. The Sheriff’s office employed Blood Hounds and the State Patrol sent their helicopter as efforts to locate the female escalated. Thankfully, she was located at 5 a.m. walking on a major thoroughfare in the South Cobb Area. She was reunited with her mother and was luckily found in good health and uninjured.

Lost Child Located

Officers responded to a suspicious activity call about a young boy attempting to shoplift a toy at a local business in the Fair Oaks area of Precinct 2. All Cobb County Officers are trained in Crisis Intervention classes, where they are taught to recognize individuals exhibiting signs of mental disorders and developmental disabilities. This helps them respond and resolve calls for service involving citizens with these disorders peacefully and with the best outcome. Officers immediately realized that the child appeared to be autistic and contacted Detectives for further investigation since the child was unable to give his name and address. Luckily, the father was in the process of reporting his son missing when this call was being handled and the family was reunited.

Cobb County Camera Registry

The Cobb County Police Camera Registration program is a police/community video partnership that operates on a voluntary basis with homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners who own private video surveillance systems. We encourage both businesses and residents to register their cameras online by completing the form below.

This program is intended to let our officers know where cameras are active in the county in case a crime occurs. It is not intended for active surveillance, and officers will not have direct access to homeowners' cameras. Those who register a camera will be contacted if a crime occurs in the vicinity of that camera. Information provided by residents and businesses will be maintained in a secure database.

Fill out our Online Registration Form and find out more about the program.

Police Athletic League

Cobb PAL focuses on juvenile crime prevention through athletic and recreational activities for Cobb County’s high-risk neighborhoods, primarily in South Cobb. There are many ways that you can help, whether it be spreading the word, getting your children involved, volunteering your time and resources or donating money. If you wish to assist this worthwhile program and make a donation, visit Ways to Help.

Stay up to Date with Critical Information

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Swift 911

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. Sign up on for the service online. 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.

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If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at [email protected]

 

Det. Lieutenant A. Leo
Det. Sergeant M. Nerbonne (Day) 
Det. Sergeant K. Clausen (Evenings)