Rookie Braquel Streifthau says she has “always been passionate about a career in law enforcement,’ in part because she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps, a Captain at the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department. To that aim, in college she worked toward a degree in Criminal Justice. In order to get her “foot in the door,” she also worked as a Cobb County 911 call taker and dispatcher. But she always knew her avocation was to be on the other side of the radio,” so she anxiously waited until she was old enough “to get into the academy.”
Her hard work and focus paid off: She became a Smyrna Police Officer March 20, 2013. She is currently in the Field Training Program, riding with an experienced officer as she undergoes a minimum of 42 work-days “to learn the fundamentals of policing.”
“So far,” reports Streifthau, “I love the job and enjoy coming to work. It’s great to know that even as a new police officer, [I] have a police family that supports, encourages, and helps [me] in any way then can.” When comparing this job to her previous one working in 911, she observes, ‘As a police officer, you aren’t just dealing with people on the phone for an emergency; you meet a variety of people on the streets that are willing to talk or approach you and thank you for serving and protecting their city.”
Streifthau takes a long view on police work. “In every city everywhere,” she believes, “there are troubled citizens that you come to work to help; that’s why law enforcement has been in existence for so long.” And her hope? “I’m sure just in my few months on the road I hopefully have made a difference in someone’s life and not known it. I will continue coming to work and doing what I’m being trained to do for that reason.”
Thank you Office Streifthau for bringing your commitment and enthusiasm to our community.
By Karen Carter
“Policing is a calling,” said Detective Andrea Grubb of the SPD. The 12-year veteran (3 years in Smyrna) reported his interest in this career began in high school. (read more)
Fundraising effort for the annual Smyrna Heroes Gala kicked off this evening at Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna’s Market Village (read more) See Photos
Head to Market Village tonight to kick off the fundraising effort for this year’s Smyrna Heroes Gala.(read more)
Six Smyrna police officers were promoted and recognized at a ceremony held Thursday (click here for Smyrna Patch article) by Angela Chao, May 24, 2013
Do you have an emergency plan if disaster strikes? Would you like to learn to how you can be better prepared?
Saturday, Sep 28 7:30 a
Smyrna Market Village
On September 28, 2013, at 9:00 Am, the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation would like to cordially invite you to come and join us for a special event at Smyrna Market Village. Local businesses,Smyrna first responders, and Emergency Management officials, will be onsite, displaying their products and services best suited to support you in times of natural disaster.
Entrance to the Survival Festival requires the purchase of at least 1 raffle ticket per family/couple/individual. You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like. All ticket sales are conducted online through Brown Paper Tickets.
Each raffle ticket, prior to submission for drawing, will require unique stamps from All of our vendors on site at the Survival Festival. Once you have received a stamp from All vendors, turn in your tickets to our Hospitality stands for drawing. Our prizes are being updated everyday, so find us on Facebook and Twitter to hear about the addition of our latest great prizes.
KICKOFF Ride At Muss & TURNERS
For those of you that enjoy riding your motorcycle, we invite you to join us early for the inaugural Kickoff Ride for The Survival Festival! Our ride will start with a breakfast biscuit of your choosing in front of Muss & Turners. We’ll head west along the East-West Connector and pass through Powder Springs, Hiram, andMarietta. We’ll end our scenic journey at the Village Green inSmyrna, where The Survival Festival will open at 9:00 AM.
Ride registration starts at 7:30 Am in Front of Muss & Turner’s restaurant at1675 Cumberland ParkwayinSmyrna,Ga.Motorcyclists and riders are asked to enter from the Atlanta Road Entrance of the complex to facilitate line up.
Be sure to order a HogHead Biscuit with your choice of Hog (ham, bacon, sausage). Also comes with an Evil cookie and drinks.
Your entry also provides you with a Raffle Ticket for The Survival Festival. The Survival Festival is located at the end of the ride in theSmyrnaMarketVillage.
See you there!
Interested in winning some great “Survival Prizes?”
Then join us at The Survival Festival! #survivalfest
Cobb Officer Brett Gossett named the Cobb Chamber’s Public Safety Employee of the Year on Monday. (more in Patch)
Cpl. Gene Crawford was injured in an on-duty motorcycle accident in May and now The Home Depot and the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation have teamed up to help (more in the Patch). by Sydney Busby
I wanted to pass along to you a heart-warming story about our wonderful community and a great example of for-profit and non-profit partnership. (more from the Patch) by Mike Watson, CEO – Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, Inc.