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Gwinnett County Wants To Add More Police Officers

Gwinnett is considering adding 66 new positions to the county's police force.
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Gwinnett County commissioners are considering adding 66 new positions to the county’s police force. It’s part of the proposed 2018 budget.

Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said more than half those positions are to staff a new police precinct set to open in 2019 in the Loganville area. She said the remainder of the positions will be scattered throughout the county.

“We don’t have a substitute for a police officers out in the police car, in the community responding to calls,” she said.

Nash said Gwinnett needs more officers with the county’s population growing 15 to 20 thousand a year.

Commissioners have until Jan. 2 to make a final vote on the budget.