ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In 2016, Georgia lost 10 officers serving in the line of duty. Now state lawmakers are pushing four bills that will help those who protect and serve us every day.
SB 154, 155, 160, and 169 are supported by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Senators Tyler Harper and Greg Kirk.
The Georgia Senate passed these bills to increase protections for our public safety officials and examine compensation and benefits packages for all local law enforcement agencies.
They would increase the amount of money received by the family of a fallen officer, create a commission to review salaries, create a special license inscribed with 'back the badge,' and would impose longer prison sentences for criminals convicted of aggravated assault against an officer.
The State House is expected to vote on these 'Back the Badge' initiatives in the next two weeks.
These measures have the support of Albany's police chief, and many in the community, as well.
We would like to see these bills signed by Governor Nathan Deal, and becomes the law in the state of Georgia.