ATLANTA, GA – Governor Nathan Deal announced Thursday a pay increase for state law enforcement officers.
The announcement was made during a news conference at the Capitol with hundreds of officers in attendance.
State law enforcement officers will get a 20 percent increase, said Deal. The raise will go into effect early next year.
Officials said in March that Georgia troopers’ starting pay is the lowest in the nation.
Deal’s Law Enforcement Reform proposal will devote nearly $79 million to salaries.
The governor also proposed new training for law enforcement. “We are increasing the number of courses that are required under the police legitimacy procedural justice and community racial relations curriculum,”, said Deal
The announcement also included four additional hours to the standard 11-week program. Two of the hours are electives, in which officers can choose different courses, including use of force and de-escalation options, fostering positive community relations and introduction to cultural competency in policing.