Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields puts up a billboard in downtown Atlanta recruiting APD officers after she was forced out as the local chief. pic.twitter.com/2T9W3FdmHg— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 15, 2022
Former Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields is featured on a new billboard in downtown Atlanta that reads “Join us in Louisville,” an obvious attempt to poach the city’s officers and persuade them to join their old boss in Kentucky.
Shields stepped down as chief in June 2020, one day after the deadly police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside a south Atlanta Wendy’s. She took over as chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department early last year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports
Lt. Kevin Knapp, president of Atlanta’s police union, said he wouldn’t be surprised if some officers decide to relocate to Kentucky. The offer to join Louisville’s police department comes with attractive incentives, he said, including an $8,000 hiring bonus, another $3,000 for relocating and the opportunity to get a take-home car.