Cobb Schools Celebrates Public Safety Appreciation Week

Safety is the number one priority in the Cobb County School District, and in October we stop and pay tribute to our team of 65 dedicated police officers who are committed to keeping every student, every staff member, and every visitor to Cobb Schools safe. 

As part of the Cobb Chamber’s Public Safety Appreciation Week October 7-13, we are reminded to say, “thank you” to the members of the Cobb Schools Police Department who work tirelessly to keep our schools and campuses safe and secure.  

The average Cobb County School District Police Officer has more than 26 years of service under their belt. This means the Cobb County School District Police Department has more than 1,690 years of combined service experience. 

“We are fortunate to have one of the largest and most qualified school police departments in Georgia,” said Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Our police officers not only keep us safe, but they also serve as role models and mentors to Cobb students and build positive relationships throughout the community. Join me and tell them, ‘thank you!’” 

The Cobb Chamber compiled a list of ways the community can show appreciation to public safety personnel during the week. Here are a few of the examples: 

  • If you see Public Safety personnel out and about in the community, take a moment to say hello and thank them for their service. 
  • Post a message of thanks to our county’s public safety personnel on message boards, social media, in newsletters, and on marquees during Public Safety Appreciation Week, Oct. 7-13! Example: “Thank You Public Safety Heroes!” 
  • Say it with a card.A hand-written note of thanks goes a long way in today’s digital world. For a list of agencies to thank, click here
  • Express appreciation in your own creative way. Examples: You can create public safety appreciation banners, posters, collages, or cards and have them delivered to a public safety facility during Appreciation Week. 
  • Recognize public safety personnel at your school 
  • Don’t forget to use hashtag #cobbappreciates to pay tribute to Cobb’s public safety personnel 

In advance of Public Safety Appreciation Week, the Cobb Schools Board of Education recognized and thanked the Cobb Schools Police Department for their dedication and success at keeping our students and staff safe every day.  

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Public Safety Appreciation Week by recognizing the 2019 public safety award nominees, which includes Cobb Schools Lt. Michael Wilson. (In an upcoming Cobb Schools article, learn how Lt. Wilson is using his 30+ years of experience as a police officer to mentor students in Cobb.) 

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