The other area of the budget slated for an increase in funding is criminal justice. Thurmond wants to spend $500,000 on a revamped recruiting strategy in hopes of hiring 155 DeKalb Police officers. The agency has struggled to hire and retain employees, and Thurmond said reversing that trend could also increase the number of women and minorities patrolling the streets.
“Because DeKalb has such a diverse population, I think that presents an opportunity for us to recruit qualified Hispanic, Asian and other minorities into the force,” he said.
Other highlights include $900,000 on programs intended to prevent juvenile crimes and $150,000 to train police officers on how to de-escalate situations involving people with mental health issues.