On-duty police officers routinely chauffeur Fulton County commissioners around town in apparent violation of the board’s own policy prohibiting the practice.
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How we got the story
After receiving tips that Fulton County commissioners routinely got rides from police officers in violation of their own rules, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sought copies of all requests for “executive protection” from Jan. 1, 2009, to present. The newspaper also requested copies of police reports and other documents used to justify those requests. It reviewed nearly 1,100 pages of documents, using them to create a tally of requests for each commissioner and to determine the justification for those requests. It reviewed Fulton’s executive protection policy and interviewed county officials and a security expert. The newspaper also sought information on executive protection in other local governments.