Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Local Church Covers for Police Officers

Keeps Atlanta Police Officers insured until 2009.

Police officers, like all city of Atlanta employees, can secure a basic life insurance policy that provides the equivalent of a year's pay. An officer at a starting salary of $30,000 would contribute about $2.30 a week for that coverage, said Louis Amis, the city's director of employee benefits. A $70,000-a-year officer would contribute about $13.80 a week for $70,000 in coverage. Amis said he thinks most officers opt for at least basic coverage.

The city will pay funeral costs up to $7,500, Amis said. When officers are killed in the line of duty, their families receive the officer's salary for two years, and a portion of the officer's pension, said Atlanta Controller Ray Zies.

The congregation at Peachtree Presbyterian wanted to reinforce the support that officers received from the city. Glover, president of Turner Enterprises, and Wilfong, former chief executive officer of SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, consulted with Dave Wilkinson, president of the Atlanta Police Foundation, to craft a plan. First they made a few calls to business contacts. Then members of Peachtree Presbyterian, one of the largest Presbyterian churches in the country, made personal contributions, Pentz said.


With $132,000 in hand, they were able to buy coverage for all APD officers through Jan. 1, 2009. Any new members of the force who join between now and then also will be covered. Members of the church are working on extending that coverage for three additional years.