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Residents can participate in emergency preparedness training

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Cobb County will hold its Community Emergency Response Team training for three sessions on Saturdays in June and registration is available now. The CERT program trains people to be better prepared for emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize volunteers at a disaster site.

CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. The classes will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 7, 14 and 21, at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center. Members must attend all sessions to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. The Emergency Operations Center is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The class size is limited, so if you would like to register for the program, contact Kimberly Schneider atkimberly.schneider@cobbcounty.org or 770-499-4567.

 

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Personal Safety discussion April 24

The Neighborhood Safety Commission (NSC) invites Cobb residents to attend a panel discussion about personal safety in your home and community.

The discussion will take place 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24 in the Board of Commissioners Hearing room, 100 Cherokee Street, on the second floor and will be televised on TV 23.

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Expect traffic delays near JFBC on Saturday

The Celebration of Life for Captain Herb Emory will take place on Saturday, April 19, at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church from 10am-noon. Traffic delays are expected.

 

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Learn more about identity theft at free seminar

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft, a free seminar conducted by the staff of Regions Bank, will be presented 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Switzer Library. Learn tips on how to protect your personal and financial information from being stolen and what to do if it happens. Space is limited. To register, call 770-528-2320 or click here.

This event is part of activities to celebrate National Library Week 2014. To see all of the events, click here.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Sexual assault is a horrific act of power and control that severely affects the victim and their family. The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United  States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts. We all play a role in preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors. Together we can create safe and respectful communities.

Sexual violence involves the acts of rape, incest, child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism. This is a crime of force where an individual is manipulated into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs all play a role in these types of crime. Sexual assault occurs across all of society, anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults, and elders. We as a community can recognize the warning signs, open a dialogue with our young people about sexual assault and rely on the resources available for prevention.

According to the National Sexual Assault Resource Center;

> One in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18.
> One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.

Many are uncomfortable talking with young people about sexual issues, however, information is power. We need to move beyond our discomfort and give our young people the tools they need to combat this issue. So how do we help? First and foremost be a positive role model in relationship issues. Open the dialogue about sexual assault and personal boundaries with our children. Reach out to the YWCA to learn more about the resources available for sexual assault intervention, education and prevention. Contact the Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit of the Cobb County Police department and explore the resources they provide.

These groups are ready, willing and competent to speak to homeowners associations, civic groups and school groups about sexual assault.

Be aware of others in the workplace who may be experiencing sexual assault, open the conversation and be a resource. Survivors of sexual violence have experienced extreme trauma, and each person reacts differently to the assault. Some disclose immediately, but many never talk about what happened to them, or wait years to talk about it. When someone discloses sexual abuse, appreciate their resilience, strength, and bravery.

Again, sexual assault is about power and control over the victim, by providing compassion, understanding and resources we empower the victim, and help them on the road to recovery.

If you are, or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, here are some resources available to help:

> Cobb YWCA
www.ywca.org/northwestgeorgia:
770 427-2902

> Cobb Police Crimes Against Children’s Unit
770 499-390

> Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656-HOPE, www.rainn.org

> Voice Today
www.voicetoday.org
or call 678-578-4888

(Reprinted from the April 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Written by Barry E. Morgan, Solicitor General, Cobb State Court)

 

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Cobb honored for cutting edge ways of saving resources

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Cobb County was honored this week with the inaugural Green Tech/Clean Tech Cutting EDGE Award at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s first breakfast. The awards were created to identify Cobb-based companies that excel in manufacturing, processing or utilizing high-end technology in innovative ways.

Costs associated with the quantity of paperwork generated by government processes can be significant, but by integrating new technology, Cobb County’s Risk Management Department is now able to effectively manage all aspects of risk strategy from a central data repository. Cobb is one of the first government entities in the state to move risk management operations to the Cloud. This helps save the environment and taxpayer money.

 (Source: CobbLine)

 

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Overseas law enforcement officials visit

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A law enforcement delegation from the Republic of Georgia visited with Cobb County Public Safety March 28 as part of a week-long fact finding tour in the United States. The officials, who belong to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, previously met with a Hostage Rescue Team in Washington, D.C., and toured the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. During the Cobb gathering at Jim R. Miller Park, the delegation met with various units, including E911, SWAT and the Bomb Squad. 

 

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Panel to discuss missing children and seniors

The Neighborhood Safety Commission Community Awareness Committee is hosting monthly panel discussions in the BOC Room, located on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta. Each panel will begin at 7 p.m. and Government Access Channel TV23 will broadcast the discussions.

  • Thursday, March 27
    Missing Children/Seniors
  • Thursday, April 24
    Personal Safety in your Home and Community
  • Thursday, May 1
    Stalking/Teen Dating
  • Wednesday, May 14
    Mental Health

For more information, contact tsteiner@mindspring.com or Trish at 770-565-2343.  Written questions may be submitted through the confidential email provided and will be answered the evening of the panel discussion.

 
 

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Panel discussion to raise awareness on missing children and seniors

The Neighborhood Safety Commission (NSC) invites you to attend their next panel discussion 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27.

The topic will focus on missing children and seniors. Panelists include representatives from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Street Grace organization and Cobb Senior Services.

The panel discussion will be held at 100 Cherokee Street at in the Board of Commissioners room on the 2nd floor. Channel 23 will also broadcast the program. For more information, contactNSC@cobbcounty.org.

 

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Warrant: Marietta woman stole more than $11,000

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A Marietta woman is charged with felony theft by taking after she was accused of stealing $11,542.12 from Hancock Fabrics, 2932 Canton Road.

Tera Lashonda Thomas is accused of making between one and six fraudulent returns during shifts while working at the store since Oct. 31, 2013, totaling 152 fraudulent returns.

An arrest warrant said Thomas would tally the amount of the returns and take the cash out of the drawer at the end of each shift.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal, March 18, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Warrant Marietta woman stole more than)

 

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