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Published on October 1st, 2018 |


Mayor announces plan to raise Atlanta police compensation

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has presented a comprehensive plan to raise compensation for members of the Atlanta Police Department.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a plan to increase compensation to Atlanta police. Photo courtesy Mayor’s Office of Communications, City of Atlanta

By January 2019, the city will invest an additional $10 million towards compensation for patrolling police and senior police officers. By July 2019, the city will fully bring patrolling police and senior police officers to the competitive benchmark identified within the Mercer compensation study.

“Each day, the women and men of the Atlanta Police Department serve our communities selflessly – some making the ultimate sacrifice to keep our city safe,” said Bottoms. “It is time for the city of Atlanta to take care of those who take care of us, which is why our administration will immediately get to work to provide Atlanta’s officers with the compensation they deserve.”

Bottoms prioritized an increase in APD compensation of 3.1 percent in her first budget. The newly announced plan builds upon her commitment to her One Atlanta vision, which is characterized by “a safe and welcoming city” with “world-class employees, infrastructure and services.”

In addition to raising police pay by 2019, the city will revisit public safety compensation every two years to ensure APD remains competitive.

“On behalf of Atlanta, I want to thank Chief Erika Shields for her steady leadership,” said Bottoms. “Our police are more than officers — they are public servants who protect our very way of life by upholding the rule of law.”

Earlier this year, APD and the Atlanta Police Foundation engaged Mercer to conduct a comprehensive market assessment to form base pay recommendations for APD’s police ranks. Once published, Bottoms convened a series of priority meetings with APD, the Atlanta Police Foundation, city of Atlanta officials and stakeholders to craft a swift and equitable plan of action to address the compensation concerns.

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