City of Johns Creek, Georgia October 2009
COPS Connect - community involvement
Mid-month communications from your Johns Creek Police Department 
PACT (Police and Community Together)


Dear residents,

Over my years as a police officer, I have been called to far too many incidents of domestic disputes - physical, emotional and sexual. I remember one victim in particular.

A woman had been abused for years by her husband. He controlled every aspect of her life, including her passport and money. She tried hard to leave him several times, but always went back. I remember thinking how scary it would be for her to just walk away, and how brave she was when she finally made the decision to leave.

Abusers use several tactics (dominance, humiliation, isolation, threats and intimidation, denial and blame) to maintain control over their victims. That's why it's not easy for victims to just walk away.

If you're the victim of any kind of domestic abuse, you need to have a plan to get out of the situation. You'll feel more confident when you have steps to follow and a direction to go in.

If the violence is happening right now, call 911 and let us come out and help you. If you have to call 911 and hang up the phone, the emergency operator will try to call you back. If you do not answer the phone, they will send an officer to your residence to check and find out why.

Stay safe,

Sgt. Debra Kalish
Community Services

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Stop the Violence ribbon

Johns Creek Police join law enforcement agencies across the U.S. this month to help raise awareness and end the cycle of domestic violence.

Victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse often suffer in silence, not knowing where to turn. When a victim is a child or teen, or when they're exposed to violence in their homes, they often suffer from behavioral, social and emotional problems that stay with them into adulthood. They're also more likely to use drugs and alcohol.

Help for victims and anyone calling on their behalf is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224).
Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance to keep you safe online:

  • Know who you're dealing with online.
  • Avoid phishing scams.
  • Keep your web browsers and operating system up to date.
  • Back up important files.
  • Protect your children online.
  • Use security software tools as your first line of defense. (Free Services)
  • Use strong passwords or strong authentication technology to help protect your personal information.
  • Turn on your Internet firewall.
  • Think before you click.
  • Learn what to do if something goes wrong.
Lock up meds: prevent child prescription drug abuse
prescription lock boxes

Next to marijuana, prescription drugs are the most common method for teens to get high.* Over 3 million U.S. teens abuse prescription drugs, with 3,300 more children experimenting with prescription and over-the-counter drugs every day.**

Adolescents are more likely than young adults to become dependent on prescription medications and girls are more likely than boys to intentionally abuse prescription drugs to get high. Pain killers such as OxyContin and Vicodin are the most commonly abused prescription drugs by adolescents.

Teens say prescription drugs are readily available in their own homes, from friends or relatives, at school, and online pharmacies.

Many teens abuse their own medications, particularly if they've been using controlled substances (Ritalin, Concerta) for conditions like ADHD from a young age; they are used to taking pills to "fix" things, so they keep experimenting.

* The Office of National Drug Control Policy
** National Family Partnership

Halloween Safety Tips (from Centers of Disease Control & Prevention)
S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating.
H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
E Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.
N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Special Olympics "Heroes for Heroes" Benefit, Nov. 15
Special Olympics Georgia

Please join the Johns Creek Police on Sunday, November 15 for "Heroes for Heroes," a gala dinner to benefit Special Olympics Georgia.

The police department kicks off its 2nd annual fundraising campaign for the non-profit that evening at Sia's, one of Johns Creek's finest restaurants. The gala features a five-course meal by Sao Paulo chef Rogerio Martins, music by the Alan Knighter Band and fabulous auction items.

All proceeds from the evening benefit Special Olympics Georgia, which serves more than 22,000 intellectually disabled children and adults across the state.

Tickets are $250 each. Please call 678-474-1587 for more information.

Crime & traffic information for last month
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
Traffic accidents

Top 5 roads for accidents:    

1. Medlock Bridge
2. State Bridge
3. Jones Bridge
4. McGinnis Ferry
5. Old Alabama

Top 5 Intersections for accidents:

1. Medlock Bridge & Abbotts Bridge
2. Medlock Bridge & State Bridge
3. Jones Bridge & Old Alabama
4. State Bridge & St. Georgen Common
5. McGinnis Ferry & Johns Creek Pkwy

Burglaries (Total 9): Abbotts Commons, Carriage Park, Concord Hall, Country Club of the South, Falls at Autry Mill (2), Macinac, Nesbit Ferry Crossing, Rivermont.

Car break-ins (Total 27): Abbotts Cove, Abbotts Pond, Abbotts Village, Ammersee, Carriage Park (2), Dynamo Swim Facility, Farmbrook, Holy Redeemer Catholic School (2), Kinder Care Learning Center, LA Fitness, Newtown Park (4), Northview High School (5), Prince of Peace Church (2), Rivermont, St. Ives Country Club, St. Regis (4), Silver Ridge, State Farm, Super H Mart.


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