CAPTAIN J.J. COLE
Location: 115 West Center Street
Phone: (678) 390-6703
Fax: (770) 836-4235
The Captain of Uniform Services is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Uniform Services Division, which includes the Patrol, Traffic, Bike and Housing Authority unit as well as the School Resource Officer. The Uniform Services Captain plans, directs and coordinates the Department’s uniformed officers in law enforcement patrol operations. Some of the Patrol Captain’s primary functions are to review incident and accident reports, internal reports such as Pursuit review and Use of Force review and re-evaluate or create policy and procedures that best manages the mission of the Carrollton Police Department.
Captain J. J. Cole is the Captain of the Uniform Services Division. He began his law enforcement career with the Carrollton Police Department in September of 2002. J.J. came to Carrollton PD in 2002 after completing the Georgia Police Corps program. He was assigned to C-Shift until 2012, where he served as an Officer, Corporal and Sergeant. He then moved to CID and served as a Detective until 2016. J.J. then came back to the Uniform Division as a Lieutenant and has been in that role since. J.J. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from UWG and has achieved 3,435 hours of POST training. He has obtained his Intermediate, Advanced, Supervision and Management certifications. He is a certified Field Training Officer and Instructor. He is currently the commander of the Special Response Team.
The following divisons are managed by the Captain of Uniform Services:
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The Patrol Unit is our largest unit and is responsible for providing first responder law enforcement service to the city of Carrollton. The unit operates in four 12-hour shifts / 24 hours a day. Officers patrol assigned areas of responsibility where they routinely interact with the public in response to call for service and self-initiated activities. Patrol officers maintain order, deter crime, enforce laws, and protect and serve the city’s residents and visitors.
The Traffic Unit’s primary role is to maintain the safety of motorists and pedestrians traveling within the City of Carrollton. The unity investigates over two thousand motor vehicle collisions a year. These range from minor fender benders to serious and fatal accidents. They also investigate the hundreds of hit and run accidents that occur. The traffic unit utilizes various speed detection technologies to examine areas of citizen complaints and to enforce speed limits throughout the city. The unit is also responsible for traffic control and roadway closures for the city’s special events such as the Fourth of July parade and fireworks, Mayfest, and the Taste of Carrollton.
The motorcycle unit operates within the traffic unit. It was established in May of 2004 and it is comprised of four motor units, predominantly functioning within daylight hours. The purpose of the motorcycle unit was to provide more agility in heavy traffic to enforce Georgia traffic law while being visible in the community. The motorcycle unit also participates in special details such as funeral escorts and leading the Fourth of July parade.
The mission of the Carrollton Police Department to use police K-9 teams is to enhance the department’s efforts in drug detection, vehicle searches, building searches, field searches, property searches, assistance in criminal apprehension, tracking wanted or missing persons, participation in educational services and in public relations. The K-9 program provides an additional tool to further the objectives and goals of the Carrollton Police.
The C.O.P.S. unit, operating on both specially equipped bicycles and all-terrain vehicles allows the bike unit to patrol areas which may be either difficult to patrol or otherwise inaccessible via a standard police cruiser. Additionally, the unit can use the advantages of stealth to increase its ability to locate and apprehend criminals. The C.O.P.S. unit can be seen throughout the city—either on Adamson Square, various shopping centers, parks, neighborhoods, and most recently the Carrollton Greenbelt. The Carrollton Greenbelt is an approximately 18 mile paved multi-use trail system which loops around the city, connecting key locations. It is the largest paved trail loop in the state of Georgia and the cops unit takes great pride in working to keep it safe for everyone to enjoy.
During the year 2020, the C.O.P.S. unit was able to organize and participate in well over 200 community centered programs and projects. Some of these programs include: cool conversations, coffee with a cop, child safety seat checks, government and law enforcement centered task forces, law enforcement education programs, social justice parades and marches and more. The C.O.P.S. unit serves as the proactive vehicle for community engagement and partnership within our department, while also providing traditional policing services to further assist the Carrollton community at large. Near the end of 2020, this unit began developing the foundation for a Carroll County wide community policing task force which will serve as another stepping stone for law enforcement officers in building engagement and trust within the communities they serve.
CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM
The Carrollton Police Department is proud to participate in county wide crisis response team to handle 911 class that deal with those who may be suffering from mental illness. The team includes a police officer who is also a trained a paramedic. This officer is teamed with a licensed professional counselor whose duties include attempting to calm the individual involved as well as navigating the many legal and healthcare challenges while getting someone the help they need.
Mayor Betty Cason says, “Mental health called can be both dangerous and expensive for everyone involved and can often end with the patient not getting the help they desperately need.” Since the formation of this team, we are proud to be able to say that everyone is getting help. It’s timely as many cities across the state and country debate the proper law enforcement response to mental health calls that can lead to death, injury, and/or arrest.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
The School Resource Officer is a nationally accepted programing involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. Besides being an active, high-profile law enforcement officer, the S.R.O. is a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrators regarding law issues. Another duty of the S.R.O. is being a link to other service agencies, which provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand-in-hand with the principal in each school, the S.R.O. assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school age children.
The basic outline of duties for the S.R.O. include investigating crimes that occur within the school and on school property. They provide security at school sporting events, creating a positive role model for students, creating a link between law enforcement and students. Each S.R.O. is involved in teaching the B.A.D.G.E. (Bullying, Attitude, Drugs, Gangs, Education) program to students. They are a resource for parents, staff, administrators, and students in regard to law enforcement and community problems.