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Florida Chief Cites Low Pay for High Employee Turnover

Chief Diane Hobley-Burney presented a case to the city as to why she feels a bigger investment in the police department will reverse turnover trends.

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Arizona Governor Wants to Give Officers Significant Pay Increases

Most of the $74 million allocated in the governor's proposed budget for pay hikes goes to public safety agencies such as corrections officers and highway patrol. Pay raises at other agencies are awarded only to those employees certified by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

Honolulu Facing Police Shortage as Mainland Agencies Recruit Hawaiian Officers

Seattle is coming armed with much better salaries and more frequent raises. Starting salary for a police officer in Honolulu is $65,592 per year versus $81,444 for a newly sworn officer in Seattle. For veteran officers, the pay gap is even larger.

Dallas City Council Approves Pay Hike for Police, Firefighters

The starting pay for police officers and fire-rescue workers will now be $60,000, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Union Claims Broward Sheriff Owes Employees $12 Million

According to the news release, a recent arbitration hearing affirmed that BSO has been underpaying its employees for hours worked.

Senate Passes 1.9% Federal Pay Raise

This week, the United States Senate passed a 1.9% pay raise for federal employees in 2019. But it's not a done deal.

Agencies Engage in "Wage War" to Fill Recruit Ranks

Highway Patrol Col. Mike Rapich has observed what he calls a “wage war” among agencies competing for personnel. “We’re in a really aggressive recruiting effort,” he says, “probably more so than I’ve seen in the 25 years I’ve been with the agency.”

Maintaining Your Force

To avoid needlessly recruiting additional officers, agencies are working to keep current officers happy in their careers.

MN City Extends Police Recruiting Deadline Hoping for More Applicants

When the St. Paul (MN) Police Department was hiring four years ago, 794 people applied to be officers. This time around, there were only 178 applicants and now the department has extended the deadline to Monday, hoping to attract more quality candidates.

Staffing Crisis Prompts Raises of 25 to 30 Percent for San Diego Police

San Diego will boost pay for police officers between 25% and 30% to help solve a crisis of departing officers that has lengthened response times, limited proactive policing, and ballooned overtime budgets.