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ACC Police Department to offer $10K hiring bonuses

Nicole Jordan

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is putting some newly received grant money to work to help beef up its ranks of police and communications officers.

The department recently received a $1.65 million grant from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget to provide hiring incentives for new officers. New hires could receive a hiring bonus of $10,000.

ACCPD is authorized to have 256 sworn officers, although the department has seen staffing shortages in recent years. Starting salary for new police officers is some $53,700 per year.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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