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 state audit shows that the Georgia State Patrol has too many posts and too few troopers on the road when they're needed most. Patrol officials say they are taking another look at staffing because of the audit but limited state funding has left them unable to pay for employees 24 hours a day.
161 federal, state and local law enforcement officers have died on duty this year, representing more than a 30 percent jump over 2009. In Georgia, there have been eight. On Monday night, 38-year-old State Patrol officer Chadwick LeCroy was killed after trying to pull a suspect over on a traffic violation in metro Atlanta.
The Georgia State Patrol has asked troopers to use less gas in an effort to deal with budget cuts while avoiding furloughs. That means fewer cars out on patrol during the busy holiday travel season. That won’t be the case for the state patrol’s motorcycle unit.