DEAR EDITOR:

Having sat through another round of shootings that now more than ever seem to be targeting law enforcement officers, I feel a need to share my feelings with the citizens that I am sworn to serve and protect.

We as God-fearing Americans have got to take our streets, our homes and our families back from the evil that at times seems to be taking over. Let me assure you that we are up to the task, but it won’t be easy.

I have the great honor to lead men and women that get up every day and put on the Cobb County Sheriff’s uniform. These incredible people put their lives and their futures on the line the minute they walk out the door. Their families count on seeing them come home with the hope that tragedy doesn’t strike. We all share that hope.

There was a saying right after the 9/11 attacks that was simple but straight-forward: “If you see something, say something.” We now live in a world where we hear all too often that the latest shooter had used their social media to spew hate speech or target and bully those that disagree with them on anything from politics to religion or even last night’s ballgame. If you see someone displaying this type of behavior, don’t wait for someone else to report it to the proper authorities; pick up the phone and tell someone. You might be the only person standing between tragedy and lives being saved. Don’t hesitate — say something!

I have never been prouder of our deputies and the many civilian employees of this agency. We are sworn to enforce the law fairly and equally, and our people do that daily without fail. On more than one occasion, I have had to visit with an injured officer who was just “doing their job.” I can tell you that it doesn’t get any easier and I pray that there will be no more.

I want you to know that as a citizen of Cobb County, you have some of the finest people in the country performing their duties each day. When you see one, let them know you appreciate them. A kind word, a “ thanks for your service” or just a smile and a thumbs up is all they need. And if you see something, say something. It takes all of us to keep our county safe.

Neil Warren

Cobb County sheriff

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