The Operations Division is composed of several sections, these are:
- Warrant Section
- Civil Section
- Fugitive Apprehension Section
- White Collar Crime Investigation
- Juvenile Apprehension
- Domestic Violence Section
- Court Security
- MCS Narcotics Unit
The service of criminal warrants is one the most challenging and hazardous duties in law enforcement today since the offender is typically aware that charges are pending and jail in his next destination. The primary responsibility of the Warrant Section is the processing and execution of criminal arrest warrants, civil processes and mental health transports. Additional duties often include funeral escorts, inmate compassionate visits and assisting other law enforcement agencies in and around Cobb County.
In an average year, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Section receives over 28,000 criminal warrants. When a criminal warrant is received in the Warrant Section an immediate process begins towards the execution of the warrant. This process includes recording the warrant in the Sheriff’s Office computer data base, identifying the suspect, checking the criminal history of the suspect and placing the wanted person on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Once this process has been completed the warrant is forwarded to uniform deputies or to the Fugitive Section where attempts are made to locate and apprehend the wanted person.
A typical day for a warrant deputy includes pursuing leads, gathering information, searching houses or businesses, and ultimately affecting the arrest of wanted individuals. Often volatile and unpredictable situations develop resulting in the individual trying to resist or escape. It is not uncommon for warrant deputies to have to travel throughout the State and sometimes to neighboring states to pick up individuals who are wanted by Cobb County.
This section also works closely with local Mental Health Care facilities and the courts in locating, apprehending and safely transporting mentally ill or drug/alcohol dependent persons, determined by the Probate Court or a Doctor to be in need of treatment, to emergency receiving facilities throughout the state for treatment. These individuals are sometimes unpredictable and situations can become violent and potentially dangerous very quickly.
These uniform deputies also enforce Georgia traffic laws by issuing traffic citations and making arrests when necessary.
The Civil Section is tasked with the responsibility of preparing and serving civil processes received from the Courts of Cobb County, as well as other jurisdictions. In addition to process service, this section executes court orders that include the completion of Evictions, Writs of Possession and the collection of other judgments issued by the courts.
Fugitive Apprehension Section
This section is staffed by plain clothed investigators whose primary job is to apprehend known fugitives who attempt to hide in and around Cobb County. Additionally, these investigators work closely with law enforcement agencies throughout the country to locate and apprehend fugitives wanted on Cobb County charges.
Members of the fugitive section work with a multi-jurisdictional task force to apprehend fugitives throughout the metro Atlanta area. This effort is coordinated under the jurisdiction of the United States Marshals Service.
White Collar Crime Investigation
The Forgery/Fraud Section is charged with the responsibility of investigating white collar crimes. Such offenses include, but are not limited to, forgery, fraud, identity theft, embezzlement and felony bad checks. Due to the technical complexity of these offenses, the investigators must be highly trained and experienced. Suspected forgery, fraud or identity thefts can be reported by calling 770-499-4752.
Domestic Violence Section
Created in 1997 through a federal grant, this section focuses its efforts on the service of domestic violence warrants and temporary protective orders. Domestic violence incidents, unfortunately, have been increasing at an alarming rate. These offenses are very volatile and dangerous both for the individuals involved and for the law enforcement officers who intervene. Domestic Violence Investigators are specially trained to deal with the situation they encounter and to provide assistance to the victims of these offenses.
For further information on domestic violence and how the courts can assist victims call 770-499-4677.
Elder Abuse Task Force
The Elder Abuse Task Force was created to bring together a multi-jurisdictional organization that addresses financial, physical, and institutional abuse of seniors. Partnering agencies include the Cobb Sheriff’s Office, Cobb Police, Marietta Police, Smyrna Police, the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, YWCA, Cobb Senior Services and many more. To report suspected incidents of elder abuse call 770-794-6990.
By Georgia Statute (O.C.G.A. 15-16-10 (a)(2) the Sheriff is responsible for the security of the Cobb County Court Facilities. Sheriff’s Deputies, Security Control Technicians, and Bailiffs assigned to the Court Services Section of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office insure the security of the Cobb County Court Facilities twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Juvenile Apprehension Section
The Sheriffs Office has a section dedicated to locating and detaining runaways and juvenile fugitives. Apprehending these youthful offenders is a high priority, not only due to the offense involved but also because of the danger they face as possible victims of adult offenders.
The Fingerprinting Section handles the task of printing individuals for civil and some isolated criminal purposes. These purposes include:
The prerequisites and fees are identified on the main information page for the Fingerprinting Section.
Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Task Force
The Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna (MCS) Narcotics & Intelligence Unit is a multi-jurisdictional task force formed in 1980 and commanded by a Major from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, with a primary mission of drug interdiction within Cobb County. Initially, the unit was comprised of personnel from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Marietta Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Smyrna Police Department and the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office to bring the necessary manpower and resources together in a cooperative effort to bring drug dealers before the criminal justice system.
In 2001/2002 the Unit added personnel from the Acworth Police Department, Kennesaw Police Department and Powder Springs. The agencies work together in a cumulative effort to stem the flow of illegal substances, organized crime and vice crimes within our community. To make anonymous reports of suspicious activity call 770-590-5554 or email Drugs@CobbSheriff.Org Or submit the form below:
The Cobb County SWAT Unit is a specialized, highly trained team of deputies prepared for deployment in situations that require the use of special tactics and equipment. Typical situations in which this unit is deployed include hostages or barricaded suspects, high-risk warrant service, security for high-risk court trials, dignitary protection, detention facility disorders, drug related search warrants, high-risk prisoner transports and a variety of other scenarios that are outside the realm of normal law enforcement capabilities.
Canine (K9) Team
The Sheriff’’s Office maintains canines of various disciplines including narcotics detection, explosives detection and tracking. The canines are utilized by specially trained and certified handlers under the command of the SWAT Team Commander.
In 1998, a handful of dedicated deputies who shared a love of horses, volunteered their time, horses and expertise to organize the Mounted Patrol Unit. This Unit has grown to ten members and each has attended rigorous State certification training courses. In addition, each member and their horse receive in excess of 100 training hours each year.
The Mounted Patrol Unit assists in searches for lost persons, searches for wanted suspects or escaped prisoners, works crowd control details, and makes numerous personal appearances each year.
SGT Jeffery Rice
Telephone: (770) 499-4630