Stockbridge to hold town hall meeting concerning city police services

Sample photo of the top of a police car (special photo)

The city of Stockbridge has announced a town hall meeting to discuss city police services. The possibility of starting a city police department has been often mentioned during discussions about the city’s upcoming FY 2021 budget.

The meeting will be held in a virtual format on Tuesday, December 8, at 6 pm. Those interested in attending may do so at the time of the event using the Zoom instructions below:

Please click the link to join the webinar.
Passcode: 201526

Audio / Telephone Only: 646-558-8656
Webinar ID: 968 7461 8540
Passcode: 201526

Police services inside the city are currently handled by Henry County Police Department. Stockbridge residents are included in the county’s police services special district — levying a millage rate of 1.824 mills — to offset the expense. If Stockbridge formed a city police department, they would be removed from the special service district.

In February 2020, the council was presented a report completed by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute regarding the proposal for city police services. The cost for an estimated 57 officers, equipment, weapons, insurance and benefits and a pension plan for a Stockbridge police force was estimated at approximately $5.3 million.

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