A Georgia Bureau of Investigation center is receiving a national award. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has named the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center the Fusion Center of the Year for success in establishing partnerships with federal, state and local agencies.
Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to take over a state board that reviews cases on the sex offender registry amid concerns about a backlog of work. The sex offender registry review board has a 4,000-case backlog.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seeking a pay raise for its officers. GBI agents contend they are among the lowest-paid state law enforcement agents in the nation and the poor pay is forcing veteran investigators to leave for higher paying jobs.
A community in east Georgia is still trying to come to terms with a brutal beating of a coach that took place two weeks ago after a high school football game. A melee broke-out between the players of Warren County and Hancock Central. The incident has prompted reviews of post-game conduct by other school districts.
A comprehensive physician-led effort to fight the spread of prescription drug abuse and its destructive supply chain launched Tuesday in Gainesville. The initiative aims to attack the problem through education and legislation.
The Georgia State Patrol has again cleared Arcade's police department of an accusation that the city runs a speed trap along U.S. Highway 129. The State Patrol, which regulates radar use by police departments, has investigated allegations that Arcade is operating a speed trap four times since the late 1990s. Investigators have never found any illegal practices.
Governor Nathan Deal announced a statewide crackdown on Internet gambling Thursday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation estimated there are 50 to 100 gambling businesses in the state disguised as Internet cafes. Deal has directed the GBI and district attorneys to go after the cafes.
An analysis of autopsy data by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed a 10 percent increase in the number of deaths where a prescription-drug overdose was the cause. More than 700 people died from overdoses in 2010, and three-quarters of those were the result of prescription drugs, mostly narcotic pain relievers.