Since 1833, The Cobb County Sheriff's Office has continuously provided law enforcement services to the citizens of Cobb County. When Tandy Martin was elected the first sheriff, our county had only 1,500 residents and some of the most serious crimes were public drunkenness, horse thievery and train robberies. Cobb's population has grown to over 650,000 and the law enforcement community is faced with much more serious and violent crimes.
Today, the men and women of the Sheriff's Office have far greater duties, responsibilities and challenges than our predecessors, particularly in regards to our jail population. Those challenges have not only been in terms of growth, but also with an inmate population that is more difficult to manage.
The impact of substance abuse and its relationship to criminal activity has been devastating. Also, we have had to deal with a growing number of offenders with mental health issues who are housed in jails rather than treatment facilities. Finally, we are confronted with an influx of illegal immigrants who are not only entering the country illegally, but are committing crimes within our community.
As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, our agency will continue to look to the future as it meets the needs of a dynamic and vibrant county. Our goal of providing a safe community in which residents can work, raise their families and enjoy life remains the foundation upon which we were established.
On behalf of the men and women of the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, I would like to thank you for your commitment, support, and friendship. We are proud of our accomplishments and are confident in our ability to meet the challenges that will face our future generations.