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City to reverse escort decision
No charge for 2 officers at funeral; addresses citys liability
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Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore called an ordinance authorizing police escorts for funeral processions a “compromise.” Following a public outcry after a Statesboro Herald story reporting the Statesboro Police Department enacted a policy change on Jan. 1 making only off-duty officers available for funeral escorts at a minimum charge of $90, City Council members will vote Thursday on the ordinance in a called meeting at 8:30 a.m. But the admitted public relations misstep that it follows also revealed that the city was without clear liability protection in sending police to escort funeral processions. Previously, the city had no ordinance, no city law, on funeral escorts at all, and state law requires one, said City Attorney Cain Smith, who drafted the proposed new ordinance.
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