"Cobb in Crisis"
In March of 2019, we became aware of the crisis within Cobb county's public safety. We learned that officers within Cobb PD, deputies with the Sheriff's department and firefighters were leaving our county in alarming numbers and headed to other agencies for better pay and benefits. This mass exodus of officers has left our police and sheriff's departments grossly understaffed, resulting in dangerous situations both on the road and for deputies at the jail. Officers are answering calls without backup, beats are going without police coverage, and deputies in the jail are forced to contain and manage massive numbers of inmates without backup. Our LEO's are being forced to work mandatory overtime, and many are expected to be on call 24/7. Upon investigating, it was discovered the the Fraternal Order of Police, Steve Gaynor had been in front of county commissioners for several months warning them of the situation and his pleas had fallen on deaf ears. For years, our sworn officers in Cobb have been told "Good things are coming" only to learn they were not going to see raises in pay that would even meet cost of living. We immediately became involved, printing fliers and joining forces with Mr Gaynor and a small group of others to raise public awareness. Blue Thanksgiving's social media sites were instrumental in getting information out and conversation started within the community about this issue. Atlanta media was contacted and we were instrumental in helping to get information out to not only Cobb county, but surrounding counties. Fifteen out of sixteen town hall meetings, held by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners was attended and together with citizen, Susan Hampton we informed citizens of the crisis. At this point in time, we have addressed the Cobb Board of Commissioners at two meetings, filled the meeting room and overflow rooms to capacity and raised awareness of this situation. "Blue Thanksgiving, Inc" is a non-partisan organization We have taken a stand against politicians in any party who choose to ignore the needs of our law enforcement, and will continue to inform citizens of this county of the situation. At this time, we are actively involved in this project and hope that with continued efforts we will finally succeed and force the Cobb county board of commissioners to improve and provide pay and benefits to our uniformed officers that will encourage retention and recruitment of new officers. Please see our Facebook and Instagram pages for continued updates on this project.
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