published Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Fulton County leaders consider new policy to allow them to use police officers as drivers

ATLANTA (AP) -- Fulton County commissioners are considering a proposal that could make it easier for them to use police officers as drivers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that commissioners received 79 rides in recent years from on-duty police officers to concerts, the airport and public events.

The president of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation President Jim Honkisz calls the practice of using police drivers "a misuse of public assets."

County commissioners say the escorts are needed for safety reasons because threats have been made against them.

The county's policy prohibits commissioners from using police for transportation unless there's a threat to their safety documented by a police report.

Commissioners are expected to consider doing away with the police report requirement when the issue comes up at a meeting on May 21.

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