Increasing numbers of police officers are leaving a suburban Atlanta county, and many of them say low pay is the reason. Former Gwinnett County officer Mike Puglise said the numbers are alarming. He said the county is also losing the experience and training of the officers who leave.
Authorities say more than 10 percent of the sworn officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety are off the job until administrative glitches involving their certification can be worked out. State officials say 121 Georgia State Patrol troopers, Capitol Police, and motor division compliance officers are affected.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is inviting public comment as part of its effort to obtain re-accreditation. The agency is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Assessors arrive later this month.
State officials say they're taking a zero tolerance stance on drunk drivers and boaters during the Fourth of July. Officials from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Safety will tour the state Monday to remind Georgians that police will be on high alert for drunk drivers and boat operators this week.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources board of directors has voted to scale back policing power for some state park rangers. The vote was part of plan to reorganize the department's law enforcement division and the move will consolidate five separate units within the agency into one. The consolidation will be implemented between now and 2018.
Law enforcement agencies in Georgia are joining a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving over the Fourth of July holiday. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says the national celebration is one of the most dangerous holidays on Georgia roads.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing to create a new law enforcement division, separating it from its Wildlife Resources division. The board is expected to consider the plan during its June 25 meeting at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The public has a chance to comment on the proposed change for the next few weeks.
Police in Georgia are rolling out increased enforcement patrols as part of their summer safety campaign. The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. campaign is designed to reduce fatal crash counts from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The extra enforcement began Monday and runs through Sept. 2.
The new police chief in Brookhaven is looking to hire more than 50 sworn police officers. Brookhaven police Chief Gary Yandura, who started last week, says he's looking for officers who match the makeup of the city, including bilingual officers.