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The Georgia Sheriffs' Association wants all law officers across the state to get paid as much as state police.

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Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Legislature gave a raise to Georgia State Patrol officers earlier this year. It brought starting pay to over $46,422 a year. Georgia Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Terry Norris said average pay for local deputies in the state is $29,900 a year, with some barely making $20,000. 

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A group of Georgia senators are working on a package of bills designed to support law enforcement.

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One bill aims to addresses complaints that law enforcement officers in rural areas are undercompensated for their work. Two others would impose tougher penalties for crimes against officers. The fourth measure would create a special license plate that reads "Back the Badge."

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Hundreds of people appeared at a funeral Sunday for a Georgia police officer shot in the line of duty.

The casket that held the body of Nicholas Smarr was draped with the American flag and was carried by a horse-drawn carriage.

The 25-year-old Americus police officer was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call Wednesday.

Smarr's best friend and fellow officer Jody Smith, was also shot during the incident.

Smarr, who performed CPR on Smith, died at the scene. The 26-year-old Smith died the following day.

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A member of Gov. Nathan Deal's new task force aimed at reviewing and recommending police reforms is getting some criticism for posting news of his appointment to Facebook along with the phrase "All Lives Matter."

State Rep. Alan Powell said he was surprised something he believes is “inconsequential” has drawn attention.

"All Lives Matter" has come to be a divisive statement. A play on “Black Lives Matter,” many activists associated with that movement see the phrase as a deliberate dismissal of oppression and violence they say non-white communities live with.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal appointed a new task force on Tuesday to examine how law enforcement officers are trained in the state. The task force is part of an overall law enforcement reform package the governor announced earlier this year.

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