Police Chief Says Improved Pay Needed To Keep Officers

PINE BLUFF, AR — Pine Bluff Police Chief Ivan Whitfield said Wednesday that the department needs to provide incentives to retain experienced officers as other cities offer more money. Whitfield said beginning officers start out at $31,000 or $32,000 per year, and the city is not able to raise salaries as they gain experience. The […]

Police Union: Station’s Sewage Stench Sickens Some Officers

LORAIN, OH — A police union is filing a grievance over conditions at an Ohio police station, saying the stench of raw sewage made some officers feel ill. Kyle Gelenius, head of the police union in Lorain, told the Morning Journal (http://bit.ly/2wvZsat ) on Wednesday that the smell was “consuming” the police department. Mayor Chase […]

Who’s To Blame For South Bend Police Officer Shortage?

SOUTH BEND, IN — SOUTH BEND — When it comes to the struggle to fill openings at the South Bend Police Department, the president of the police union believes Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and what the union considers the administration’s lack of public support for cops, are partly to blame. City police Sgt. Dan Demler, president […]

As Fairbanks Police Deal With Spike In Violent Crime, Low Pay

FAIRBANKS, AK — The Fairbanks Police Department remains understaffed, despite a recently approved hiring bonus. Police Chief Eric Jewkes told City Council members this week the substandard pay is driving high turnover and making recruiting difficult. Jewkes said the short-staffed department must deal with a spike in violent crime while a new labor contract is […]

San Diego Boosting Efforts To Solve Worsening Police Officer Shortage

San Diego’s worsening problem with police officer vacancies is prompting the city to increase pay, analyze the reasons why officers are leaving and develop new strategies for recruiting and retention. Among those efforts is $4 million in higher stipends for uniforms and equipment that the City Council is expected to approve Friday. But city leaders […]