Senior Phoenix Police Officers ‘Frustrated’ With New Pay System

PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police officers just received their first checks since the City Council approved a structure, making department employees the highest paid law enforcement agency in Arizona. But not everyone’s impressed with the new numbers.

“It was kind of a disservice, I think, to some of the senior officers, the most experienced officers in the city,” said Darrell Kriplean, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and a 28-year veteran of the department. 

“In the immediate rollout, it didn’t affect the most senior officers. It affected the brand new hires, people applying, their starting wage for recruits, and when they graduate from the academy. Those are the folks that realized the huge increase in salary,” he said.

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