Sworn law enforcement officials and first responders in Georgia are now eligible for a $1,000 pay supplement.
Governor Brian Kemp made the announcement this afternoon via press conference and a press statement. Local governments and employers of public safety officials should visit the Office of Planning and Budget's grant funding opportunities website for more information on applying, receiving and distributing funds to those who are eligible.
The State of Georgia is utilizing funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for the supplements. The supplements will total to roughly $25 million in spending, out of a $75 million spending plan for mental health and law enforcement resources.
“Our law enforcement officials and first responders answered the call of duty and bravely served on the front line of our fight against COVID-19, despite the unprecedented challenges thrown their way,” said Kemp, in a press statement. "Like they do every day, these heroic Georgians ran toward the COVID-19 crisis and put their lives on the line to protect others. My family and the state of Georgia deeply appreciate all they do."
Kemp was joined during a press conference this afternoon at the State Capitol by Speaker David Ralston and law enforcement officials, including Chad Black, chairman of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association and Director-Fire Chief for Habersham County Emergency Services.
"It has been a tough eighteen months, EMS providers, over 20,000 in Georgia, on the ground picking these patients up, transporting them to hospitals and it has been very challenging," said Black during the press conference. "This is a heartfelt gesture and I can assure you it will go a long way."
Those eligible for the supplement include:
▪State, Local, or Education Entity Sworn Law Enforcement
▪Criminal Investigators and Detectives
▪Probation and Parole Officers
▪Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
▪Sheriffs and Deputies
▪Correctional and Jail Officers
▪Fish and Game Wardens
▪911 Communications Officers or Dispatchers