Atlanta Police Paying Bonus Of $500 To Every Cop Working long Hours From Past Three Months

Every officer of the Atlanta Police Department will receive a $500 bonus Thursday paid for by the Atlanta Police Foundation, the organization confirmed to FOX 5.The bonus is a thank you for the work and long hours during the COVID-19 pand-emic in addition to recent prote-sts and demo-nstrations, the foundation told FOX 5.

“In an effort to stem attrition and boost morale, we issued a $500 bonus to each Atlanta Police Department officer today,” the Atlanta Police Foundation released in a statement.

In addition to the $500 bonus, APF said it will be providing meals to officers working 12-hour shifts. It will also be repairing more than 20 patrol cars dest-royed in the recent ri-ots as well as police bicycles and UTV units.The foundation said it was leading a str-ategy to build a framework for police reform, which it plans to present in the coming weeks to the mayor and City Council.

“The plan will reflect the ideas of a broad array of law enfo-rcement, business, social justice, and community experts. It will identify standards of operational excellence and reflect best practices from successful public safety programs across the nation, including some of our own work in Atlanta,” the APF statement continued.

The announcement of the bonus comes at a difficult time for APD. Fulton County prosecutors brought felony mu-rder and other cha-rges agai-nst the now ex-officer who shot Rayshard Brooks, saying that Brooks was not a de-adly thr-eat and that the officer ki-cked the wounded bla-ck man and offered no medical treatment for over two minutes as he lay dy!ng on the ground. Another officer is being cha-rged with aggr-avated as-ault.

City officials, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms have stated that morale in the department is at a low.Atlanta’s police department reassured residents Thursday that it can still protect the city even though officers were calling out in larger numbers than normal, a day after pros-ecutors announced cha-rges.

There had been reports that Atlanta police officers were walking off the job or calling in s!ck in pr-otest of the cha-rges agai-nst ex-officer Garrett Rolfe and officer Devin Brosnan. The APD said in a Tweet that it was experiencing a higher than the usual number of officers calling out for their shifts but that, “We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents.”

Atlanta’s mayor said on CNN that many of the department’s partners had been notified just in case they needed to call others in but that “we are fine” (tonight) and that the true test would be on Thursday.“If we have officers that don’t want bad officers we-eded out the force then that’s another conversation we need to have,” Bottoms said.

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