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Gov. Deal proposes pay increase to 3,300 state law enforcement officers

(Source: CNN) (Source: CNN)

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal proposing a pay increase to over 3,000 state law enforcement officers.

The governor says he is so confident the 20 percent boost will pass, that raises go into effect in January before lawmakers have a chance to vote on it.

Gov. Deal also proposing an overhaul of officer training programs. He wants to expand the list of required courses and crisis intervention training.

The Georgia State Patrol has some of the toughest training in the state. The low pay they currently receive is a big factor in their inability to recruit new cadets.

One guarantee from the state patrol, though. They're not making it easier.

"If what we are getting is all that we are getting, we are going to take what we get and we're going to turn them into the best troopers we possibly can. We're not going to lower our standards. I have a commitment from the governor down,” said GSP Training Director Capt. Scott Woodell.

Capt. Woodell says GSP is currently 200 troopers short statewide. The big pay bump could go a long way in making that number much smaller.

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