Governor Deal plans to increase state law enforcement officer salary
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Governor Nathan Deal announced plans to introduce a law enforcement reform package that includes a 20% pay raise.
The pay raise will affect more than 3,300 officers according to a news release from the governor’s office.
“We ask our law enforcement personnel of all levels and ranks to do a very difficult job, one that requires great skill, long suffering, and dedication of purpose,” Deal said. “It is incumbent upon the government to recruit and retain the best and brightest, while equipping them with the training and resources they require.”
The funding for the raises will begin January 1, 2017. The money is part of the FY2017 and FY2018 budget.
In addition to the salary increase, the governor is including multi-phase training exercises including: increasing continuing education training and certification courses, streamlining and expanding crisis intervention training, and the creation of a task force to review law enforcement officer’s training courses.