East Cobber Susan Hampton is standing unapologetically in support of our local police. She is committed to educating the community about the challenges faced by the Cobb County Police Department. The following is from a flyer she has been passing out at town halls and public meetings:
COBB LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CRISIS
- Retention of Officers – The new officers we are hiring do not keep up with the number of officers leaving, with “seasoned” officers leaving at an alarming rate for better pay and benefits with other counties, municipalities and agencies.
- 2018 – 48 officers were hired but 72 officers resigned to take other jobs with other agencies.
- 2019 (2 months) – Currently, we have lost or are losing 19 and expect to lose more to other agencies. These numbers do not include Cobb Sheriff’s office.
- Because of continued loss of our Law Enforcement Officers, we no longer have enough officers to cover all the designated beats in Cobb County.
- Officer salaries are well below nearby jurisdictions (GSP, APD, Brookhaven, etc)
- Retirement Benefits (We only offer 2% match for 401(a) plan! Ex: Brookhaven offers 7%)
- It is expensive and time consuming to train new officers only to lose them to other agencies in other jurisdictions.
- Patrol cars are not being replaced fast enough to keep up with the removal of older models with high mileage and mechanical issues. Currently, we are 60 cars behind schedule!
- Officers are answering calls alone when they should have 2 or more back up, due to staffing shortages. This is dangerous for the officers and the community!
- Sheriff’s Deputies in the jail are expected to monitor and guard over 100 prisoners each. Many of these are violent criminals and have verbally expressed plans to harm or murder LEO’s.
- We have the same number of uniform officers on duty today as we did 20 years ago. Do you think Cobb’s population has increased in 20 years?! Calls are increasing 4 to 5% every year, yet we are expecting the same number of officers from 20 years ago to keep our county safe!
Here is a recent social post you might be interested in seeing that was posted by Steven T. Gaynor, Fraternal Order of Police, Kermit Sanders Lodge 13 Cobb County:
“Once again the response to our presentations at the Cobb County Commissioner’s meeting is no response! Please if you know a Cobb business owner, a Cobb county taxpayer, have family in Cobb get them to call or email their County Commissioner demanding they take Immediate action before it’s too late. CCPD has lost 9 officers in two months and two more have given their notice to leave to go to other agencies. Things are getting real dangerous for the officers, deputies, and citizens of Cobb County. The Commissioners need to act right now!!!!”
Show support for your Cobb Law Enforcement Officersby wearing blue at the
MARCH 26TH COMMISSIONERS MEETING
(ARRIVE BY 6:30PM SO SUPPORTERS CAN FILL THE ROOM!!)
100 Cherokee St Marietta Ga in the 2nd floor public meeting room
MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!
FOR MORE INFO CALL:
For more information on how you can help or Cobb County Police, contact Susan Hampton or The Fraternal Order of Police at 770-757-6709.