Governor Deal announces law enforcement reform package proposal

Deal backs reform package for officers, includes raise for 3,300 state officers

Governor Nathan Deal announced a reform package for law enforcement he is backing.

The proposed deal will include a 20-percent pay raise for over 3,300 of the law enforcement of the state. The increase will take effect on January 1, 2017. More than $78 million in state funding will be used for the raises.

There's also going to be a multiphase reconstruction of training for officers and certification courses that will go as follows:  

  • Increasing continuing education training and certification courses
  • Streamlining and expansion of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) 
  • The creation of a task force to review the current Basic Law Enforcement Officer Training Course

On the new accords, Deal said:  "...One of government’s primary roles is the protection of its people."

Citing the challenges for police officer's putting their lives at risk everyday, Deal continued saying: "It is incumbent upon the government to recruit and retain the best and brightest, while equipping them with the training and resources they require. They deserve our unwavering commitment and support."

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