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The Cobb County Police Department is a professional and innovative policing agency with state and national accreditation. We are committed to our core values of Honor, Integrity, Professionalism, Courage, Commitment and Respect and proud of the relationships and support we have in our community.

We are the lead law enforcement agency serving a county of 345 square miles and over 760,000 residents on the northwest side of the Atlanta metropolitan area. With an authorized strength of over 700 officers, the department operates out of 5 precincts and has over 25 full and part-time specialty units.

The Cobb County Police Department has a diverse opportunity of assignments for you to pursue any passion while serving the community. The ability to move around precincts and through multiple specialty assignments, combined with abundant opportunities for promotion, will keep each day exciting, challenging and rewarding throughout your career with Cobb County. We provide exceptional training and state-of-the-art equipment to prepare you for success and we look forward to you accepting the challenge to be the best and joining our family at the Cobb County Police Department.

Chief's Office

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Chief Cox has been a Cobb County resident for over 50 years and graduated from Marietta Christian High School in Marietta, Georgia in 1981. He attended Kennesaw College and began his career with the Cobb County Police Department in 1985.

During Chief Cox's tenure with the Cobb County Police Department, he has served assignments in the Uniform Patrol Division and the Special Operations Division as an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant. He has also served as the Adjutant to the Police Chief and two Deputy Police Chiefs and the commander of the Administrative Division of the department.

Prior to his assignment as Chief, he served as a commander of Precinct 4, Precinct 5 and the Organized Crime Unit. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police and assigned to the Support Operations Division. In 2019, Cox was promoted to Chief of Police.

Deputy Chiefs

  • Deputy Chief Stuart VanHoozer

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    Deputy Chief VanHoozer began his law enforcement career with the Cobb County Police Department in February of 1990 as a uniform patrol officer at Precinct Three. He has since served in various capacities to include Field Training Officer, Patrol sergeant and lieutenant, Narcotics sergeant and lieutenant, Internal Affairs lieutenant and commander, Adjutant to the Chief of Police, Executive Officer to the Director of Public Safety, and commander of precincts 5, 3, and 2. Deputy Chief VanHoozer earned a Bachelor of Science in Public and Social Services/Criminal Justice from Kennesaw State University in 1998. He is also a graduate of the 233rd session of the FBI National Academy.

  • Deputy Chief Jeff Adcock

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    Deputy Chief Adcock has been a Cobb County Police Officer for 26 years. He has served in various capacities to include Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer, Patrol Supervision, SWAT, Special Operations, Training, Adjutant to the Chief of Police and as a the Precinct II and III Commander. Deputy Chief Adcock earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University through the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. He is a graduate of the 245th Session of the FBI National Academy.

  • Deputy Chief Scott Hamilton

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    Deputy Chief Hamilton began his Law Enforcement Career with the Cobb County Police Department in November of 1995 as a uniform patrol officer at Precinct Three. During his tenure with CCPD he has been afforded the opportunity to serve in several assignments.

    He has served as:

    • An Officer and Sergeant on the DUI Task Force
    • Corporal on the MCS Cobra Narcotics Team
    • Sergeant in the DPS Training Unit
    • Sergeant and Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Unit
    • Special Operations Commander as which he managed Traffic Services, K-9, DUI TF, Mobile Field Force, EOD, DIVE Team, TFO, Honor Guard, and Special Events units

    Deputy Chief Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education from University of The Cumberlands (Williamsburg KY) and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Critical Incident Management from Saint Leo University. He is a 2018 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police and Command.

Precincts

  • Precinct Operations

    Operations at each precinct include both uniform patrol and criminal investigation units for property crime investigations. Each precinct's uniform patrol is responsible for conducting proactive patrol and handling calls for service as well as being an active partner within the community it serves. The criminal investigations units are responsible for conducting follow-up investigations on crimes that occur within the precinct area. Included in these crimes are felony and misdemeanor thefts and misdemeanor persons crimes, such as harassment and certain domestic-related incidents.

    All precincts are commanded by a major, and a captain acts as the assistant commander. Currently, the precinct uniform patrol is staffed by 3 lieutenants and 9 sergeants. Each precinct criminal investigation unit is commanded by a lieutenant and assisted by 2 detective sergeants.

  • Precinct 1

    Includes the Town Center Mall, Kennesaw, and Acworth areas

    2380 Cobb Parkway
    Kennesaw, GA 30152
    (770) 499-4181
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    Precinct 1 Commander: Major Andy Hite

    Major Andy Hite began his law enforcement career with the Cobb County Police Department in February of 1996 as a uniform patrol officer at Precinct Four. He has served in various positions to include, uniform patrol, SWAT, DUI Task Force, VIPER, Internal Affairs and Organized Crime. Additionally, Major Hite has served as the Adjutant to the Chief of Police as well as the Chief of Staff. Major Hite earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama in 1995 and is currently attending Columbus State University’s Command College to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration.

  • Precinct 2

    Includes the Austell, Mableton, and Powder Springs areas

    4700 Austell Rd
    Austell, GA 30106
    (770) 499-4182

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    Precinct 2 Commander: Major Craig Owens

    Major Owens has been employed with the Cobb County Police Department since 1989. He has a total of thirty years of law enforcement service with Cobb County Police Department.  During his career, he has worked various assignments to include Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, Adjutant to the Chief of Police, SWAT, Ranger Services and Animal Services. He also is a certified General Instructor. Major Owens is a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy 225th Session. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.

  • Precinct 3

    Includes the Cumberland/Galleria, Vinings, and Smyrna areas

    1901 Cumberland Pkwy
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    (770) 499-4183
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    Precinct 3 Commander: Major James Bullock

  • Precinct 4

    Includes the Sandy Plains and Johnson Ferry areas

    4400 Lower Roswell Rd
    Marietta, GA 30067
    (770) 499-4184
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    Precinct 4 Commander: Major Brian Batterton

    Major Batterton has served with the Cobb County Police Department since 1995. Throughout his career, he has served in the Uniform Patrol Bureau both as an officer and as a supervisor, the Criminal Investigations Unit, the Training Unit, the Chief’s Office as an Adjutant and Legal Officer, and the Training Center as Commander. Major Batterton has also served in both the Alabama and Georgia National Guard. Major Batterton earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

  • Precinct 5

    Includes the Dallas Hwy and Macland Rd areas

    4640 Dallas Highway
    Powder Springs, GA 30127
    (770) 499-4185
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    Precinct 5 Commander: Major David Ellis

SPECIAL UNITS

Bomb Squad

The Bomb Squad was formed in 1972 and was originally a two man unit. The Squad received its first remote robot in 1990. The Unit is certified by the FBI as a Public Safety Bomb Squad, and all members are Hazardous Device Technicians. Recognized as a regional squad, it can be called to respond to all manners of bomb and explosive related incidents as well as WMD related incidents that involve Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear related threats. Due to its regional response capabilities, the unit is primarily grant funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Community Affairs

The Community Affairs Unit consists of a lieutenant, a sergeant, and 8 officers. The Unit falls under the direction of the Police Department's Chief of Staff. Each precinct has a Community Affairs Officer(s) assigned to its geographical area. In addition to these officers, the Unit has an officer assigned as the Hispanic liaison and an officer assigned as the Media Specialist.

The goal of the Unit is to promote strong working relationships between the Department and the community it serves in order to foster enhanced trust, communication, transparency, and mutual respect. Members of the Community Affairs team work to bridge the gap between the Police Department and the citizens of Cobb County.

Crimes Against Persons

The Crimes Against Persons Unit serves the citizens of Cobb County in the unincorporated areas as well as the multiple city jurisdictions. At the request of city agencies, the Unit often investigates their significant crimes as well. The Crimes Against Persons Unit is responsible for the investigation of:

  • Deaths: Homicides, Suicides, Natural and Accidental (except for traffic fatalities)
  • Assault/Battery: including those against children shot or stabbed
  • Sex offenses involving victims over the age of 17 years
  • Kidnapping (except parental "snatching")
  • Missing Persons
  • Extortion
  • Harassing, obscene, or threatening telephone calls
  • Product Tampering
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Robbery

The Crimes Against Persons Unit is staffed with 2 lieutenants, 4 sergeants, and 16 detectives. Every week, 4 detectives and one supervisor assigned to the unit rotate into an on-call status to be available for an incident response as appropriate.

CAGE Gang Unit

The purpose of the CAGE Unit is to identify gangs, gang activity, and gang members in Cobb County. They investigate illegal activity conducted by gangs and gang members, and pursue charges based upon gang related statutes. The CAGE Unit also performs a community education role by educating the public on gang activity.

Crisis Negotiations Team

The Crisis Negotiations Team is responsible for responding to critical incidents, such as hostage situations, barricaded gunmen, and suicidal persons with the intent of resolving the crisis without injury to the victim, bystanders, public safety personnel, and/or the suspect/perpetrators. The Negotiations Team utilizes the skills of trained negotiators to develop a rapport with the involved individual and assist them in moving toward a peaceful resolution.

The Team has 13 members.

DUI Task Force

The DUI Task Force is recognized as one of the best DUI apprehension units in the state of Georgia. The Unit enforces all traffic laws and is primarily tasked with the apprehension of impaired drivers, thereby making Cobb County's roadways safer for all citizens.

The DUI Task Force consists of 1 lieutenant, 1 sergeant, and 5 officers. These officers have highly specialized training in the detection, apprehension, and prosecution of impaired drivers.

Explorers Program

The Law Enforcement Explorers Program seeks to establish an awareness of the complexities of police service and provide young adults an opportunity to witness and experience the kind of commitment and passion that is needed to be a police officer.

The Program provides the Explorer with a basic knowledge of the field of law enforcement. Explorers will receive instruction in many aspects relating to law enforcement including criminal law, traffic law, criminal investigation, crime prevention, traffic control and direction, accident investigation, juvenile delinquency, and other related fields.

Honor Guard

The Honor Guard consists of a commander, assistant commander, sergeant, and 12 active members of the Police Department. Members of the all-volunteer unit are selected based on recommendations from current Honor Guard members, supervisor recommendations, and established selection criteria. The Honor Guard is responsible for representing the Police Department and the Chief of Police, along with the officers and their families at law enforcement funerals, parades, and other ceremonial occasions—both solemn and festive.

Internal Affairs & Recruiting

The Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for internal investigations, recruitment, and hiring.

The internal investigations section consists of 1 sergeant, 4 investigators, and 1 administrative assistant. This section conducts internal investigations of all personnel employed under the Department of Public Safety umbrella, which include personnel from the Police Department, Fire Department, E-911, Animal Services, and all administrative staff assigned to these departments.

The recruitment team is part of the Internal Affairs Unit and consists of 1 sergeant, 5 investigators, 1 full-time police recruiter, 1 reserve officer, and 4 administrative assistants. This section is responsible for conducting investigations on nearly all potential applicants for employment within DPS. The majority of these background investigations are for safety-sensitive jobs.

K-9

The K-9 Unit utilizes trained police canine teams to assist in the prevention and detection of crime, locate persons sought by the police, promote a favorable public image of the Police Department, and support other law enforcement personnel in the performance of their duties.

The 9-member team consists of a lieutenant, sergeant, and 7 officers. Each member of the unit is a canine handler. The Unit has 3 Explosive Detection Teams and 6 Narcotic/Tracking Teams.

Motor Unit

The focus of the Motor Unit is traffic enforcement in school zones, traffic complaint areas, and high crash corridors of Cobb County. The Unit is also responsible for funeral escorts, charity escorts, and visiting dignitary escorts, including details involving the President and Vice President of the United States.

Marietta, Cobb, & Smyrna Organized Crime Unit (OCU)

MCS Organized Crime Unit is subdivided into two separate units, each with its own unit commander, personnel, and responsibilities. The two units are the MCS Organized Crime Task Force Narcotics Unit and the MCS Intelligence Unit. Each unit participates in this organization by providing both supervisory and non-supervisory personnel. Investigative responsibility includes both incorporated and unincorporated Cobb County.

All complaints of drug, vice, or other organized crime activity that cannot be investigated by field personnel due to the complexity of the investigation is forwarded to the MCS Organized Crime Unit for investigation.

Public Information Office

The Public Information Office is the primary point of contact for the dissemination of information from the Department to the media and general public.

Rangers Unit

The primary mission of the Ranger Unit is the enforcement of state laws and Cobb County Ordinances on Cobb County Park properties. The Ranger Unit is also responsible for patrol on the Army Corp of Engineers Property, The Silver Comet Trail, and at other installations and locations at the direction of the Chief of Police. The Ranger Unit is equipped with a wide variety of vehicles such as motorcycles, bicycles, ATV's, and 4-wheel drive vehicles to perform off road patrols.

Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic collisions, serious injury collisions, department vehicle involved collisions, and when requested, collisions that occur within the incorporated cities. The Unit often uses drone technology to assist in photographing scenes and reconstruction. The Unit conducts analysis of traffic collision data, and targets enforcement of specific violations in those areas where analysis indicates an elevated number of collisions caused by those violations.

The Unit's goal is the reduction of serious injury and fatal traffic collisions. This is accomplished through the coordinated efforts of enforcement, education, and engineering. By partnering with community education groups, schools, and transportation departments, traffic safety is enhanced from all aspects.

Special Victims

The Special Victims Unit encompasses the Crimes Against Children Unit, the Domestic Violence/Stalking Unit, and the Elder Abuse Unit. The Unit consists of a lieutenant, 3 sergeants, 14 detectives, and 2 administrative assistants.

The Crimes Against Children Unit is responsible for the investigation of all aspects of child abuse to include deprivation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect that occur within the unincorporated areas of Cobb County. The Crimes Against Children Unit consists of 10 detectives and a non-sworn administrative assistant.

The Domestic Violence/Stalking Unit is responsible for the investigation of domestic violence and stalking incidents that occur within the unincorporated areas of Cobb County. The Unit is staffed with 4 detectives and a non-sworn administrative assistant.

As part of the Domestic Violence/Stalking Unit, the Elder Abuse Unit conducts investigations into the allegations of abuse or neglect of senior citizens.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

The SWAT Team consists 35 members who respond to calls for assistance from the department's uniform and detective bureaus. Most of these requests are in response to incidents involving barricaded gunmen and the service of high-risk warrants. However, the team also responds to hostage incidents, searches for dangerous criminals within a confined area, and VIP protection details. Occasionally, the team assists other departments and jurisdictions with similar incidents.

Technology Based Crime Unit (TBCU)

The Technology Based Crimes Unit consists of 4 detectives, a reserve police officer, and a sergeant who has received highly specialized training in the fields of computer crime investigations, computer and mobile device forensics, and video forensics. The purpose of the Unit is to investigate criminal activity which is perpetrated through, or assisted with, the use of computers or advanced information technology. The Unit is the primary support resource for the other investigative units of the Police Department in providing digital and electronic investigative and forensic support.

Training Unit

The Training Unit serves as a support function of the Police Department and is commanded by a captain with a lieutenant as the assistant commander. The Unit has a staff of 15 sworn personnel and 3 non-sworn personnel. At any given time, it typically supervises and trains 2 mandate classes.

Training specifically provided to police recruits and sworn police department employees includes basic mandate, recruit indoctrination, field training, leadership/supervision training, defensive tactics, driving, weapons training, physical fitness, in-service training, and advanced training. Most classes are taught on-site in the classroom area of the Training Center, or in one of the specialty areas located on or near the seven-acre campus.

Underwater Search & Recovery Team (USRT)

The Underwater Search and Recovery Team is responsible for recovering victims, conducting crime scene investigation, light salvage, and recovering and processing evidence in virtually any aquatic environment. The team consists of 9 scuba divers who are all certified as public safety divers by Dive Rescue International. All team members are also required to participate in at least 240 hours of training throughout the year.

Violent Incident Prevention & Early Response (VIPER)

The VIPER Unit's primary function is the reduction of violent crime, with a focus on armed robbery. The Unit engages in aggressive patrol and apprehension of violent criminals in order to improve the overall quality of life for citizens who live, conduct business, or visit Cobb County. VIPER focuses on areas that have the highest instances of crime as determined by close tracking of crime data.

Internal Affairs Recruiting and Background Unit
770-528-3812

Captain Matt Hurst
770-528-3813
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Lieutenant Berry Trulove
770-528-3814
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Sergeant Wayne Williams
770-528-3815
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Detective Chiquitia Killing
770-499-4131
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Detective Craig Malone
770-499-4502
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Detective Carlos Mathis
770-499-3844
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Detective Karlos Simpson
770-499-3938
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Detective Grady Staton
770-528-3824
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If you have QUESTIONS regarding our hiring process, please email us at:

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Commitment - Service - Partnership

The Cobb County Police Department is known throughout the Southeast for our commitment to professionalism, public trust, and excellence in performance.

Our training program surpasses all requirements mandated by state regulations and delivers high credentials that our personnel are known for around the country.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Cobb County Government is an equal opportunity employer. Cobb County Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Tim Cox, Chief of Police
140 North Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060

Headquarters: (770) 499-3900

HQ Business Hours:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

CALEA

The Cobb County Police Department is proud to be nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).