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If you See Something, Say Something – A Reminder from Cobb County Department of Public Safety

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Cobb County Department of Public Safety has recently put out a Department of Homeland Security campaign reminder out to all Cobb County employees. “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.” This is a good reminder also to our citizens. If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity by calling 911. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, one should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

Be available to make that report to the responding officer. Remember, police reports are not only reviewed for local criminal activity, they are also reviewed for local and or national threats to public safety.

If You See Something, Say Something

The nationwide “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign – is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-terrorism crime related efforts.
Homeland Security Begins with Hometown Security

If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to local law enforcement or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.

DHS is working to expand “If You See Something, Say Something ™” throughout the country by partnering with a variety of entities including: transportation systems, universities, states, cities, sports leagues and local law enforcement.

Road Closure Reminder for Saturday’s EAST COBBER Parade

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EAST COBBER Parade Route

On Saturday, September 13, Johnson Ferry Road —Northbound & Southbound lanes— between Lower Roswell Road & Upper Roswell Road will be closed to traffic 9:45am to 11:30am for the 19th Annual EAST COBBER Parade. Woodlawn Road will not be closed – but traffic will be affected. Princeton Lakes Drive will be closed off at 8am for the parade staging area, which is at Mt. Bethel Elementary School, 1210 Johnson Ferry Road.

 

Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!

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Don’t get caught in traffic. EAST COBBER Parade Route for Saturday, 9/13.

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Johnson Ferry Road (between Lower Roswell Road and Upper Roswell Road) will be closed 9:45am to 11:30am to allow 1,500 parade participants and 85  entries to march in the 19th Annual EAST COBBER Parade. The EAST COBBER Parade will be staged at Mount Bethel Elementary School parking lot (1210 Johnson Ferry Road).

Beginning at 10am, parade participants will march south on Johnson Ferry Road, and then, after about one mile, turn into the Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center, 736 Johnson Ferry Road. As a safety measure, the Cobb County Police Department will shut down Johnson Ferry Road – both northbound and southbound lanes – from Roswell Road to Lower Roswell Road. This stretch of Johnson Ferry Road will be closed to traffic from 9:45am to 11:30am. Princeton Lakes Drive will also be closed from 8am to 10:30am. Woodlawn Road will be not be closed – but traffic will be affected.

Cobb County Department of Transportation will be setting up road detours at the intersections of Indian Hills Parkway & Upper Roswell Road and Indian Hills Parkway & Lower Roswell Road. Road detours will also be set up at the intersections of Timber Ridge Road & Upper Roswell Road and Timber Ridge Road & Lower Roswell Road.

 

Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!

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Local Business Leaders Raising Funds for East Cobb Public Safety Celebrations

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For the second year in a row, local business leaders are leading efforts to raise funds to underwrite two special events for local Public  Safety professionals. The first celebration is to be held this October to thank Precinct 4 police officers for all they do to keep our community safe. This event will coincide with Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Appreciation Week, and with the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals has now become an annual event.

The second event will take place in February 2015 when this volunteer group will host the Cobb County Fire Department’s annual awards banquet.

“Both events will take place in East Cobb, and we are confident that our community will rise to the challenge and provide the financial support needed to make these appreciation celebrations very meaningful for these special heroes,” says Susan Hampton, Regional Manager for Fidelity Bank, and chair for the Public Safety Celebrations. “Fundraising was very successful last year, with seed funding
already in place for this year’s events, however, there is still a need to raise additional funds to insure both events’ continued success,” says Susan. Local businesses, as well as families, school groups and civic clubs are encouraged to make donations to this worthy cause.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at just $25 to “Thank a Hero”!

For more information on these public safety celebrations, call Susan Hampton at 404-218-6216.

Learn more about Windy Hill improvements at Ott’s open house

Major road construction will begin along the Windy Hill corridor later this year. To keep residents fully informed, District Two Commissioner Bob Ott is hosting an open house 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16. Cobb Department of Transportation staff will be available to answer questions about the project. The open house will be held at Windy Hill Community Center, 1885 Roswell St. SE, Smyrna. For more information, call 770-528-1600 or email bob.ott@cobbcounty.org.

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Gang Activity Prevention Panel is September 24

The Neighborhood Safety Commission will conduct a panel discussion on Gang Activity at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 (not Sept 10 as previously posted) in the Board of Commissioners hearing room at 100 Cherokee Street, Bldg A, Marietta 30090.

The panel members are Cobb Assistant District Attorney Mike Carlson; Cobb County Police Sgt. Tim Plunkett; Leslie Walker, recreation coordinator and facility manager for the Six Flags Community Center. The session will also be televised on TV23.

 

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Panel discussion to focus on gang activity prevention

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The Neighborhood Safety Commission will conduct a panel discussion on Gang Activity at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Board of Commissioners hearing room at 100 Cherokee Street, Bldg A, Marietta 30090. 

The panel members are Cobb Assistant District Attorney Mike Carlson; Cobb County Police Sgt. Tim Plunkett; Leslie Walker, recreation coordinator and facility manager for the Six Flags Community Center. The session will also be televised on TV23.

 

East Cobb Crime Trends: Theft of Landscape Equipment on the Rise

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Cobb County Police have had three reports in the past week involving the theft of landscape equipment from landscaping companies parked on the roadway while servicing yards.  One occurred off Allgood Rd on August 22, another on Hidden Lake Ct. on August 22 and an attempt off Oak Lane west of Johnson Ferry Rd on August 25.

Suspect vehicle was described as a dark gray Honda Civic with accident damage on its rear passenger side, loud muffler, occupied by 2 or 3 black males.   

Additional description of one of the suspects:   Black male, age 18-20, height 6’00” with skinny build and a Mohawk colored reddish/orange.  

Entering Autos are occurring at the Federal Parks along the Chattahoochee River and at some county parks.  Wallets with credit cards are being taken left behind in the vehicles. 

Entering Autos and Burglaries are also occurring in the apartment communities off Delk Rd and Terrell Mill.  

The seven Business Burglaries along Powers Ferry Rd in July were solved with an arrest made by morning watch officers and follow up by detectives.  In August we have had several businesses hit overnight along Roswell Rd and Johnson Ferry area with rocks being thrown in smash and grab style burglaries.  Suspect is a younger male undetermined race wearing a bandana and wearing a black long sleeve shirt and gloves. 

(Source: Cobb County Police Precint #4) 

 

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Traffic Safety related to School Buses and School Zones

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If you have noticed those large yellow school buses are out on our roadways making travel to and from work, a little longer.  By now you likely have figured out where and when they impact your route.  Plan ahead and leave earlier as trying to pass the bus before that stop arm goes out again may result in seriously injuring a child.  Is it worth it to save a few minutes??

When do you have to stop?

Here is the law:  § 40-6-163 (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Code section, the driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop before reaching such school bus when there are in operation on the school bus the visual signals as specified in Code Sections 40-8-111 and 40-8-115, and such driver shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated.

(b) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway, or upon a controlled-access highway when the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.  § 40-6-163

More simply put, if on a divided highway with a median separation only the traffic following the bus must stop. Still have questions?  For more information visit these links:

http://operationstoparm.info/Operation_Stop_Arm/Law.html

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/transportation/GA-CobbCounty-CrossingGuard-Trifold_version%202_FINAL.pdf

 

On the same topic, there is likely a school zone along your route.  This includes the larger roadways like Johnson Ferry Rd, Roswell Rd, Sandy Plains Rd, Piedmont Rd. and Canton Rd.  Look for the blinking yellow school signs indicating the school zone is active.  Then slow down to that exact speed limit.  If you are not watching for the school zones, remember the police officers are watching them for you and if stopped, you will really be late and have a nice fine to pay.

(Source: Pct 4 PENS report) 

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Roadwork continues in East Cobb

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Road resurfacing operations will continue Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 29 at Indian Hills Parkway between Roswell Road (SR 120) and Lower Roswell Road. Expect lane closures between 9 am and 4 pm with one lane remaining open at all times on the following road: EXPECT DELAYS

This work is subject to change due to weather or construction progress.

(Source: Commissioner Bob Ott)

 

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