Officer Larry Jacobs

The Sandy Springs Police Department and the city of Sandy Springs offer some very good ways to communicate with residents.

The department has several newsletters that keep you informed about what’s going on.

There is a Business Watch Newsletter geared to the more than6,000 businesses in the city.  It offers some good crime prevention information on current scams and crimes effecting businesses.

There is the Senior Update Newsletter that lists th current scams affecting our senior population.

We also offer the Weekly Wrap Up of crimes. It is written by Capt. Steve Rose.

You can sign up for any of these newsletters on our website at; on the right side listed under ” important links.”

The police department also offers an “Out of Town” house check.  This is a great service where officers and our volunteer unit, COPS, will check your house while you are on vacation.  You can sign up at; click on “I Want To” and the form will be listed there.

The department and the city offer a wide variety of other ways to stay in touch and keep up with what’s going on in your neighborhood.

Swift 911 is an emergency reverse 911 system in which you will be contacted if there is an emergency in your area. 

Code Red is a weather warning system you can sign up for to let you know about dangerous weather conditions.

Smart 911 is an enhanced 911 system where our emergency responders have important information about you and your family before we get to your home.

Finally, Nixle is a notification system from the department in which we contact you on road closures, community events, etc.

All of these services can be found on on the lower left side under “quick links” and on the right side under “important links.”

We’re also taking part in some upcoming events, such as the Sandy Springs Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.  Come by and see us.

On Sept. 29, we’ll take part in the “DEA Take Back Day,” which is where we collect your expired, unused and unmarked over-the-counter and prescription medications.  This keeps them off the streets and out of garbage dumps.  It is scheduled from  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Sandy Springs Police Department.

We hope to see you there.

Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department.  He can be contacted directly at

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