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Departing Deputies Costing California County $1.5 Million

November 12, 2015  | 

Contra Costa County in California has lost more than $1 million over the past five years as dozens of sheriff's deputies it pays to recruit and train have left for higher-paying jobs elsewhere, reports the Contra Costa Times.

The steady departure of deputies -- more than 100 have resigned in the last two years -- is a growing issue for both the undermanned Sheriff's Office and county supervisors, who will soon begin contract talks with the Deputy Sheriffs Association.

Addressing the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sheriff David Livingston made the case for a big pay boost, saying that the struggle to retain deputies had forced him to disband his crime-suppression team and reduce patrols. As a result, response times for top priority calls are up about two minutes.

While Contra Costa is losing its young deputies, Livingston remains opposed to following the lead of cities such as Oakland in making recent academy graduates repay a portion of their schooling cost if they leave within the first few years after graduation.

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kevCopAz @ 11/14/2015 8:26 AM

Get ready, this will be happening all over more then it is already. Cops are not as dumb as the public and the politicians think. We are getting the message that we should not do too much, be too aggressive or we are at risk, right or wrong so go for the $ like everyone else does. This is becoming the "american way" with officers. Why should we work in an area where the folks (egoist) does not pay use or appreciate us? I do think that those agencies should have a clause in the hiring contract that the new officers must remain for a period of time so that the department is not the training grounds for all other departments. They should re-pay portions of the academy cost, or perhaps any agency that re-hires them within that period would reimburse the training agency. That would be fair don't you think?

Mike Vail @ 11/14/2015 10:31 AM

Our Office is going through this right now. For the first time in its history, Deputies are leaving here for other agencies because the County has taken away and given nothing back for the past 15 years. We now make nearly $1800.00 less in our take home pay as compared to the neighboring police agency that we patrol next to. We are 25% below the MEDIAN of our nearby cities. We will lose 15 deputies to other agencies in the next month and people are taking early retirements to start over elsewhere. It costs our County $155,000 to hire a recruit, put them through the Academy, then and FTO program, all in the hopes they make it. Then they have 2-3 years to become a useful cop with some experience.

Conversely, it costs $50,000 to hire and train a lateral officer who is already a cop somewhere and they hit the street ready to go on their own within a couple months.

The solution it to resolve the take home pay issue & recruit people like we used to, not penalize people for leaving.

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