Field Operations

Field Operations

The Operations Division is composed of several sections, these are:

Civil Section

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.

 

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office is legally obligated to execute a judge’s eviction orders. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the financial crisis, the county courts and the Sheriff’s Office have received more than 2,000 writs for evictions with delinquent rent as the dispossesory.

 

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office does not physically remove tenants’ items, arrest tenants for inability to pay their rent, decide who gets evicted and who does not. Nor does the Sheriff’s Office provide legal advice to tenants facing eviction. 

 

Sheriff’s deputies will treat all tenants with dignity and respect and will staff the eviction to ensure the safety of all in attendance. 

 

If you are facing eviction due to delinquent rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see if you qualify for help under the  Cobb County Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Fingerprinting – add information on costs and how to request.

Court Security

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.  
    • Responsible for the safety and security of several government building to include: Superior Court, State Court, Magistrate Court, Probate Court, Juvenile Court, Public Safety Building, Solicitors Office, and the Cobb County Commissioner’s Building.
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    • Conduct approximately 750,00 annual security screenings throughout the judicial complex.
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    • Responsible for the direct safety of security of 12 State Court Judges, 10 Superior Court Judges, 4 Juvenile Court Judges, 6 Superior Court Senior Judges, 2 Probate Judges, 19 Magistrate Judges.
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    • Responsible for the direct safety and security of multiple elected officials to include: State Court Clerk, Superior Court Clerk, District Attorney, Solicitor General, and the County Commissioners.
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    • Responsible for the direct safety and security of the Judicial Complex during critical incidents to include protests, demonstrations, bomb threats, active shooter and suspicious package calls.

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. K9’s perform weekly sweeps of the Judicial Complex for explosives, Braves games and stadium security. K9’s also routinely assist other agencies both inside and out of Cobb County with tracking.

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.

Fingerprinting

The Fingerprinting Section handles the task of printing individuals for civil and some isolated criminal purposes. These purposes include:

  • Adoptions
  • Firearm Permits
  • Employment
    The prerequisites and fees are identified on the main information page for the Fingerprinting Section.

Fraud and Forgery

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.

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.

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:

SWAT

The Cobb County SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) 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.

Warrant Section

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 is their 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.