Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms today has announced a plan to raise compensation for members of the Atlanta Police Department.
According to a media statement from the mayor’s office, the city will invest $10 million for pay raises for patrol and senior police officers. APD has been struggling to fill hundreds of vacant positions, but potential officers have been going elsewhere to find better pay and benefits. Bottoms prioritized an increase in APD compensation of 3.1 percent in her first budget.
In addition to raising police pay by 2019, Bottoms said the city will revisit public safety compensation every two years to ensure the APD remains competitive.
“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,” Bottoms said in the statement. “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.”