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All Atlanta police officers getting retention bonuses, mayor announces

The bonuses are in addition to a 2% cost-of-living raise


City of Atlanta

By Suzie Ziegler

ATLANTA — Atlanta police officers across all ranks and service tenures will receive retention bonuses, Mayor Andre Dickens announced on Wednesday. The one-year bonuses will come from American Rescue Plan funds, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A $4,000 bonus will go to officers, investigators, sergeants and lieutenants; a $1,000 bonus will go to captains, majors and chiefs, the report said. The bonuses come as the Atlanta Police Department struggles to retain and recruit officers.

The bonuses are part of a larger compensation package for city employees. Other items in the package include:

  • $1,000 supplemental pay to eligible first responders who have been employed with the City of Atlanta since August 2021.

  • A 2% cost-of-living raise for police and other frontline employees.

  • An enhanced base rate pay for city workers in the transportation, public works parks departments, among others.

“Since my first day in office, I have prioritized supporting the women and men who serve our City residents,” Dickens said in a statement. “These pay increases are in recognition of the enormous dedication our police officers, firefighters and other frontline workers have shown to Atlanta.”