Is bigger Cobb police force really better?
March 14, 2014 12:43 AM | 1446 views | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Everyone seems to think that the county police needs to grow and be bigger. So now we’re going to have 40 new officers hired and more to come in the near future and they’re promising us they can do this without raising taxes.

How do they plan on getting the $3.3 million dollars to pay for this expansion?

That’s the important question that isn’t getting answered. Are they going to have a bake sale? Just where is the money going to come from?

And, more importantly, what happens after the county’s goal has been met? Will more officers really mean less crime or will we get more officers patrolling the streets in a vain attempt to keep crime at bay like we saw happening on Franklin Road in Marietta, when they had numerous officers from three different jurisdictions patrolling the area every Friday and Saturday night?

Before we put a lot of money into this we need to figure out just what kind of an impact this is going to have not only on the crime in the county, but on the financial side as well.

They also plan on hiring about 40 more within the next year or so. So if that’s not going to be paid for by taxes then where are they going to get the money?

I can easily see why it would seem like the best thing to do is to hire these extra officers, but people shouldn’t just accept the first solution that’s offered to us. First we have to determine just how feasible the solution is and work our way from there.

Jonathan Worley

Marietta
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anonymous
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March 28, 2014
We do not need more police in Cobb county. The police chief has told us crime is not up in Cobb and he has said the braves coming to town will not do so either.

That said, the way CITIZEN camera phones have brought into light over the past couple of years just how unacceptably and absolutely lawless so many of the Police Officers in this country behave toward law abiding citizens ( when they are unaware of the cameras on them), I am not interested in increasing the chances that any law abiding citizen will have increased chances of even a casual interaction with any law enforcement personnel.

Until law enforcement gets their collective house in order and weeds at the (way too many)) thugs among them, I am inclined to view law enforcement officers as a high risk to personal safety and liberty. And I did not used to feel that way.
Exploded Wallet
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March 16, 2014
You do not have to worry about forty more officers being hired anytime soon because the PD is down 70 positions as it is. It will take a couple years to meet authorized strength if it can meet that. If you were educated on what really goes on in your neighborhood, because you don't know, then you would want more police.
dorahey
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March 14, 2014
I think we have plenty of road minders as it is. Seems to be what the bulk are doing any given day. And the rest are getting way too militarized. I guess that while the Feds are busy with BRACs the locals are filling the void with county troopers.
ConsultantX
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March 15, 2014
@dorahey

Agree with getting way too militarized. When you see a cadre of Cobb County police dressed out in military style garb and operating a military security vehicle down Dallas Highway/Whitlock Ave. you know that our 'Police Force' is getting way too militarized.

Consultant X
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