Cops!

One of the more hare-brained ideas pushed by the promoters is a City of East Cobb police force. Their reason, assuming insanity passes for logic, is that we’re receiving less in public safety services than we deserve. This may be true, but it’s a problem affecting the entire county, not just Commissioner Ott’s District 2.

The reason Cobb residents are receiving inadequate police services is due entirely to staffing shortages. There just aren’t enough cops to go around. Inadequate pay and benefits as well as attrition are part of the problem. But the real issue is that the county can’t attract qualified applicants. Commissioner Ott himself said that a full 75 percent of candidates are unqualified.

Do you think maybe some candidates are staying away because Commissioner Ott wants to cut police pensions?

If the Cobb County Police, an established force with plenty of resources and opportunities can’t attract qualified applicants, what makes the cityhood swindlers think their fledgling department will? Or do they propose to take the dregs discarded by the County PD? Maybe the promoters watched Field of Dreams once too often and think that if they build it they will come. Not likely.

Fortunately, there’s relatively little crime in East Cobb. Excluding DUIs, dopeheads and outstanding warrants, there are less than a handful of arrests each day here, and overwhelmingly property crimes at that. There was, sadly, a recent double shooting resulting in a fatality. But that was an East Cobb resident who shot two electrical contractors working on his property.

Even if, however unlikely, the hucksters were able to attract enough applicants, how would they train them? The Cobb County PD has resources and facilities already in place. What would an East Cobb PD have to offer? Let alone, where would they put it even if they had it?

You see, the promoters assume that the East Cobb Government Service Center will somehow allow the new government to set up shop there. Well, what if they say no? Like Scarlett O’Hara said, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

Worse, what if the new PD can’t attract enough qualified individuals to staff the department? What happens then? Do we go hat in hand to the Cobb PD as ask them to take us back? In all probability they’d say no, because with one less precinct to serve their force would be close to fully staffed. So we’d be solving their problem by creating one of our own. Makes perfect sense, as long as you don’t think about it. Right, Scarlett?