Cobb County Department of Public Safety staff will host a fall session of the Citizens Public Safety Academy. This 14-week program allows county residents to obtain an inside look into the public safety. During the course, participants will learn how the police, fire, animal control and 911 departments are organized and the important role each one plays.
In order to participate, interested residents should either live in Cobb County or work for Cobb County government or schools and be at least 21 years of age or older. The fall academy will start 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Cobb County Public Safety Training Academy, 2109 Valor Drive, Marietta. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening for 14 weeks, with graduation on the 14th week. A few of the activities include meeting with distinguished members of the Public Safety Department, touring the 911 Communications Center and the Medical Examiner’s Office, receiving demonstrations from DPS Police Training on weapons/firearms safety and defensive tactics and participating in classes from Fire Department special operations.
In order to be accepted, those wanting to join must apply. The application can be emailed to you or be picked be up in person at the DPS Training Center. The completed application will need to be taken to the Cobb County Public Safety Internal Affairs Department, 1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 300, Marietta, by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. It is suggested to bring your driver’s license with you as they will need to make a copy for the application process. Applications “wait listed” will be held over to the spring 2018 program if necessary. If you do not have an email address, please make sure to provide a phone number. For more information, contact training registrar Mallorie Wheat at 770-590-5650.
Cobb's Police Athletic League will host its third annual baseball camp Aug. 29-30 at Southwest Baseball Complex. The camp for 4-9 year olds will be held 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 29, and the camp for 10-15 year olds will be held 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 30. Space is limited, so register online now at cobbcounty.org/pal. For more information, contact Alicia Hicks at 770-499-3921.
As an effort to continue building relationships within our community, Cobb Police Chief Michael Register is hosting a Faith Forum 9:30-11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 14. All pastors from institutions of faith are invited to attend. Some of the forum's goals are:
- Develop results-oriented relationships with institutions of faith
- Have candid discussion concerning community issues
- Partner to find solutions for community issues and needs
- Be a catalyst for an improved future for all
The forum will be held at the Public Safety Training Center, 2109 Valor Drive, Marietta. Please RSVP by Monday, Aug. 7, to Capt. Barry Little at [email protected].
Join us for fun, food and music with your friends and neighbors at the Public Safety Education Block Party 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8. Participating organizations include local police and fire departments, 911, the Community Emergency Response Team, Austell Community Task Force, Animal Control, the neighborhood Safety Commission, SafeKids Cobb County, National Night Out Against Crime and We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association. The block party will be held at South Cobb Recreation Center, 975 Six Flags Drive, Austell.
Cobb County will hold its free Community Emergency Response Team training for three sessions in August and registration is open now. The class size is limited, and all applications are due by noon, Friday, Aug. 4. This 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. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 19 and 26 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. If you would like to register for the program, contact Kimberly Repak at [email protected] or 770-499-4567.
The IACP team conducted onsite visits and interviewed staff and community members. Residents also had the opportunity to provide online feedback and department staff completed an in-house workforce survey. Additionally, IACP conducted significant analysis of current data and new data generated as a part of this study. The full report can be found by clicking here.