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Indiana State Police Face "Crisis," as Troopers Leave for Higher Pay at Other Agencies

March 22, 2016  | 

Indiana State Police say troopers are leaving the agency for higher paying jobs in law enforcement. 

Sgt. Philip Hensley, who's been with ISP for more than a decade, is calling it a crisis. 

"We are losing our current members, our current sworn officers, at an alarming rate," he told WDRB News.  

Hensley says it's because of pay and that the issue was highlighted in a study released earlier this week and presented to the State Budget Committee. 

Some of the data from the Mercer report shows how ISP troopers are making less than their counterparts at other agencies in the area. 

For example, a trooper in Illinois starts out making $60,036 and can make up to $114,528. Indiana troopers start at $40,902 can make a maximum of $61,208.

Comments (3)

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kevCopAz @ 3/22/2016 5:37 PM

I dont blame these Troopers, State has always been the lower paying in the chain, but watch out if you go to Illinois, they are so far into the red and their pension is in a situation where default is probable! Think long and hard before jumping there my friends. Go to a City Department, they always pay the best.

sp23 @ 3/23/2016 9:19 AM

Kev...most, if not all of the troops that are leaving are NOT going to Illinois. They are going to Indy, Carmel, and other city agencies that start higher and top out quicker and higher. I'm not sure why this article used Illinois as an example, other than Illinois was one of the state agencies used in the summer study comparison. We all know Illinois pension is in trouble. Regardless, Indiana has lost alot of troops-I've heard upwards of over 100 in just a few months, and will continue to lose troops unless the politicians decide to make changes. But we're not holding our breath on anything changing, especially since one politician at the start of this study actually said something to the effect of 'Can't we do something to make them (the troops) happy without paying them'.

132&Bush @ 3/23/2016 11:54 PM

WOW. I am only a cop fan who would have become one after the Navy if I hadn't of gotten out on a medical disability retirement. But it is crazy how many stories I have seen like this for state troopers. State governments don't seem to give a chit about their police. Since a trooper is what I would have gone for I guess I am glad I didn't get there.

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