Lt. Governor Cagle Announces Compensation of Police and Sheriffs Task Force

May 24, 2017

ATLANTA, May 24, 2017 - Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with Senator Greg Kirk, announced the creation of COPS, the Compensation of Police and Sheriffs Task Force. This task force, in partnership with counties, cities and chief law enforcement officers, will examine the importance of attracting and retaining experienced officers throughout Georgia and needed reforms in officer compensation.

“The service and dedication of our law enforcement officials is nothing short of heroic,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “We must make every effort to ensure local compensation packages are both competitive and fair to those who protect and serve. COPS will help local governments identify ways to maximize their support for the men and women who bravely protect our communities and neighborhoods.”

Senators Tyler Harper, Jack Hill, John Wilkinson, Steve Gooch and Tonya Anderson will serve on this important task force, chaired by Lt. Governor Cagle and co-chaired by Sen. Greg Kirk. They will be joined by local officials selected by the Georgia Sheriffs Association (GSA), the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).

“Our state is blessed with the best law enforcement officers in the nation,’ said Sen. Kirk. “We must do everything within our power to make sure they are properly compensated for their dedication to the citizens of Georgia. This task force is going to be a great asset for our local communities as we examine compensation and benefits for the individuals who proudly protect Georgia.”

The COPS Task Force will examine the following:

  • Current compensation and benefits of local law enforcement officers
  • Gain insight from local governments and law enforcement agencies
  • Review retention issues and determine steps to attract individuals to the criminal justice field and combat turnover rates
  • Compare other states’ compensation of local law enforcement to Georgia
  • Explore current and potential revenue streams that support local law enforcement
  • Review local mandates that restrict resources that could support local law enforcement

Prior to the 2018 Legislative Session, proposals from the task force will be provided to ACCG, GMA, GSA and GACP.