Governor Kemp Signs Bill Requiring Certification For Sheriff And Jailer Applicants In Georgia

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 37 into law Wednesday, which reportedly makes it so that applicants would need a certification as a peace officer in order to apply for a sheriff or jailer position in the state of Georgia.

The bill was part of a series of legislation Kemp signed, including the Georgia Criminal Alien Track and Report Act (House Bill 1105), which requires police and sheriff’s departments to identify illegal aliens who commit crimes and detain them for deportation by federal immigration authorities.

Kemp also signed Senate Bill 63, which will require cash bail for 30 additional crimes, as well as Senate Bill 159 and House Bill 1193, which will increase penalties for people providing contraband to inmates and require certain vehicles, including tow trucks and other emergency vehicles, to have flashing or revolving amber lights, respectively.

The governor’s actions come in the wake of the death of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley, who was killed while jogging on the University of Georgia’s campus. The murder suspect, 26-year-old Venezuelan native Jose Ibarra, is not a U.S. citizen.

Kemp emphasized his support for legal immigration while taking a stance against illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the state.