Public safety is an issue that affects everyone in our district and state. Law enforcement officers in Georgia put their lives on the line every day in order to protect us, but are among the lowest paid in the nation when salaries are adjusted for the cost of living. At the same time, public trust in law enforcement practices remains low in some of our communities. Both these situations need to change, and Phyllis will work tirelessly in the state Senate to find solutions to the underlying issues at the roots of these problems.

We expect our law enforcement officers and departments to act professionally and fairly. We also expect those that do not to be held accountable for their actions. That expectation comes with an obligation from us as citizens to support and respect law enforcement departments and their officers for the difficult and often dangerous job that they do. In response, law enforcement must be committed to maintaining the highest levels of transparency, training, and accountability at every level of their organizations.

Phyllis Hatcher is committed to working at the state level with Senate colleagues, law enforcement agencies, and the public to support the needs of professional law enforcement while also promoting accountability whenever and wherever abuses occur. Together, we can create the best public safety in all of our communities and make Georgia a leader in quality public safety.