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New Bill Protects Off-Duty Officers
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Off-duty officers, jurors, and court personnel can rest a little easier when they hang up their uniform for the day.

Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday to make it a felony to threaten the officers and their families.

In 2007, one day after Major Jamie McDaniel with the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office gave a man a ticket for a window-tint violation, his neighbor called and told him a car had driven by his house several times and he noticed a man get out of the vehicle and walk into the corn field by McDaniel's house.

Investigators later found a loaded gun and knife in the field. The intruder only faced a misdemeanor charge for trespassing, but McDaniel says the punishment did not hit the crime.

He says, "When we take this uniform off and we come home, there should be a charge worse than a misdemeanor. That's not deserving of you coming to my house to where I live with my family in my safe zone."

After hearing his story, Representative Bubber Epps sponsored a bill to help officers like McDaniel.

He says, "Those officers need to know that we're behind them and they're protected from someone trying to harm them when they're at their house."

Threatening off-duty officers and their families will now result in a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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