Ga. governor announces $1K bonuses for cops, first responders for effort during COVID
The state will be using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act
By Jozsef Papp
The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
ATLANTA — Local law enforcement and first responders will get a chance to receive a $1,000 bonus from the state due to their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Brian Kemp's office announced the one-time pay supplement for all eligible sworn law enforcement officials and first responders in Georgia.
"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," Kemp said in a release. "Working with Speaker Ralston and the General Assembly, today, we are taking yet another step in supporting our men and women in uniform and first responders by providing this well-deserved bonus."
The state will be using funds made available by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide the bonus. Those eligible include but are not limited to:
- State, local or education entity sworn law enforcement
- Criminal investigators and detectives
- Probation and parole officers
- Career firefighters
- Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
- Sheriffs and deputies
- Correctional and jail officers
- Fish and game wardens
- 911 communications officers or dispatchers
Local governments and employers of public safety officials and first responders are encouraged to visit the Office of Planning and Budget's grant funding opportunities for more information on how to apply, receive and distribute the funds. Applications will be accepted starting Friday until Dec. 31, 2021.
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