COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police officers sounded off at a Board of Commissioners meeting in Cobb County on Tuesday.

Current and former officers spoke publically about problems they say have plagued the department for years. They said they are understaffed, underpaid and underappreciated.

Officers say years of budget cuts and furloughs have destroyed morale and that officers are leaving in droves. They fear the commissioner's plan to add 40 additional officers is at best a band aid.

"Officer safety is absolutely in danger. Officers are not able to back each other up the way they used to," said Lance LoRusso of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police. "We had a shooting in July and we had officers that were piling in cars four at a time to try and get to the scene and set up a parameter so that the bad guy wouldn't get away."

Officers say the departments losing talented officers faster than they can be trained and replaced.

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