Atlanta to Hire 100 More Cops
(AJC) — A plan to hire 100 new police officers in Atlanta will get the city closer to its goal of a 2,000-plus member force, while also beefing up manpower at the airport and addressing violence against women and children. On Wednesday, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner made his case before the city’s finance committee to increase his budget for the 2012 fiscal year to $203 million, up from $192 million this year. The departments of corrections and fire also presented their budgets, as part of the city’s proposed $545 million spending plan. The city must approve a budget by July 1. For the APD, a bulk of their increase would go toward hiring new officers and, if approved by the council, would put Turner in charge of the largest municipal police force in the state’s history with 1,959 sworn officers.