We are fortunate in Gwinnett County to have a relatively low crime rate. We should be very thankful that we have such a professional and proactive police force. Therefore, we need to make sure our Law Enforcement Officers and other first responders are properly compensated. Too often we’ve seen our officers leaving for other jurisdictions simply because they are offered a better pay package. On average Gwinnett is paying $20,000 less then surrounding municipalities for starting Police Officers. I want to see us pay a competitive wage that will help us retain the best and brightest Police Officers.