Cagle Leads Senate to Back the Badge

February 14, 2018

Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle led the Senate to advance a package of five bills to strengthen support and compensation for Georgia’s local law enforcement officers. SB 348, SB 366, SB 367, SB 368, and SB 369 follow the recommendations of the COPS Task Force, which Cagle launched last year to bring forward a plan to increase compensation, benefits, and retention of Georgia’s police officers, deputies, and jailers.

“Today is an important first step for our local law enforcement officers as we work to acknowledge their sacrifices and selfless service to the people of Georgia,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “We owe our full support to the men and women who keep our communities safe, and that’s why the Senate has advanced a comprehensive set of solutions that will lead to higher salaries and better benefits for local law enforcement officers. I’m proud of the work we have accomplished alongside so many of Georgia’s dedicated officers.”

This legislative package requires cities and counties to report salaries for local law enforcement officers and regionally compare them to maintain competitive compensation levels. SB 367 increases support for families of fallen officers. SB 368 provides technical assistance to rural police departments and sheriffs’ offices. Finally, SB 369 makes necessary updates to enhance retirement support through the Peace Officer Annuity and Benefit fund.

“Every day, officers across our state accept each call they receive with humility and a selfless commitment to the communities they serve,” said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. “Lt. Governor Cagle should be applauded for his leadership, and I look forward to the continued work of the COPS Task Force as we unite behind these solutions and build on this work to fully compensate the individuals who put their lives on the line defending their fellow Georgians.”

“All we have to do is turn on the news to see the dangers our law enforcement officers confront day in and day out,” said Senator Greg Kirk. “I would like to thank Lt. Governor Cagle for his strong leadership and support for our law enforcement officers. This is only the beginning of our efforts to reward our officers for their tireless service.”

“Thanks to Lt. Governor Cagle for his leadership. Our officers place their lives on the line for our communities every single day,” said Senator John Albers, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. “It is vital they have all the necessary resources to serve our communities.”

“Law enforcement officers all across this state put service before self on a daily basis. I’m proud to join my Senate colleagues and Lt. Governor Cagle in leading the fight to ensure our law enforcement community has our full support,” added Senator Tyler Harper.

“We could not go forward without the sacrifices that Georgia’s law enforcement officers and first responders make each day,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura. “I’m appreciative of Lt. Governor Cagle and the members of the COPS Taskforce for their commitment to supporting Georgia’s officers wherever they are so that we can maintain the highest standards for training, equipping, and compensating our local law enforcement.”

Danny Kanso
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