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$5,000 BONUS TO POLICE AND FIRE ACADEMY GRADUATES WITH MILITARY EXPERIENCE

Post Date:07/18/2017

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News-CALEA   Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs Unit
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     Carlos Campos
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2017

CITY OF ATLANTA OFFERS $5,000 BONUS TO POLICE AND FIRE ACADEMY GRADUATES WITH MILITARY EXPERIENCE

ATLANTA, GA - As part of Mayor Kasim Reed’s ongoing commitment to providing job opportunities for military veterans, the City of Atlanta is now offering a $5,000 bonus to veterans and reservists who complete training to become police officers and fire fighters.

The bonus for honorably discharged veterans of the United States armed forces and service members currently in a reserve capacity will also provide an additional hiring incentive as the Atlanta Police Department continues to actively recruit new officers.

A fund to pay for the bonuses was established in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget put forth by the Reed Administration, which took effect July 1, 2017. It is payable to recruits who successfully complete police and fire academy training.

“We’re grateful to Mayor Reed for recognizing the value that our veterans can bring to protecting the public,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “Qualified military veterans already have the discipline, courage, and dedication to service required of first responders. We look forward to hiring qualified candidates attracted by this additional incentive.”

The bonus is just one of several incentives currently offered for police officers. Through the Atlanta Police Foundation, police officers and recruits are also eligible for a one-time relocation bonus of $1,000, housing assistance if they choose to live in the city, and tuition reimbursement to further their studies.

The Atlanta Police Department continues to hold job fairs throughout the month of July at Public Safety Headquarters at 226 Peachtree Street SW. Visit www.atlantapd.org/careers to learn more.

• Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m.
• Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Joel Baker also praised the bonuses as an important recruitment tool that will help attract qualified applicants.
“We welcome any qualified veterans to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department,” Chief Baker said. “The qualities and values they have attained through the U.S. armed forces are the attributes we seek in candidates that want to serve our great city.”

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