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."
(© 2016 WXIA)