Cagle Announces Public Safety and Law Enforcement Officer Initiatives
ATLANTA, Feb. 17, 2017 - Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with several senators, have announced a series of legislative initiatives designed to increase protections for our public safety officers and examine compensation and benefits packages for all local law enforcement agencies.
“In the last year alone, Georgia has lost 10 officers serving in the line of duty,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “While nothing can bring these heroes back to be with their loved ones, we are committed to finding ways to provide greater support for our law enforcement officers and their families. Whether enforcing tougher penalties or examining local officers pay, we are bringing every resource to the table to protect those who protect us. I will always back the badge and our law enforcement community.”
The following bills have been introduced in the State Senate and will be acted on next week:
- SB 160, also known as the Back the Badge Act of 2017, will impose longer prison sentences for criminals convicted of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a public safety officer.
- SB 154 significantly increases the amount of money received by a family of a fallen law enforcement officer by fifty percent; totaling $150,000 from the State Indemnification Fund.
- SB 155 creates a nine person Local Law Enforcement Compensation Commission to review the salaries and benefits our state’s law enforcement officers receive and report its findings to the Georgia General Assembly.
“There is no greater sacrifice than serving your fellow citizens as a public safety officer,” said Sen. Tyler Harper. “I’m proud of the work we have done with these legislative measures and will remain steadfast in my support of our law enforcement community. Georgia will not tolerate criminal acts against those who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities and neighborhoods.”
“I am honored this body has decided to tackle the difficult issues facing our law enforcement officers across this state,” said Sen. Kirk. “Harsher penalties for aggravated assault and battery against public safety officers along with increasing compensation for families of fallen officers make it clear the Lt. Governor and the Georgia Senate are leading the way to a safer Georgia."
"These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert. "This legislation represents a comprehensive approach providing all available resources to support local law enforcement personnel. I'm proud to help lead the Republican Caucus' efforts as Sens. Harper and Kirk push these bills forward."