St. Louis Comptroller Calls For Pay Raises, New Incentives For Police To Fight Crime

ST. LOUIS — City Comptroller Darlene Green on Wednesday introduced a plan to raise pay for city police and offer new incentives to attract and retain more of them in an effort to curb crime and bolster a shrinking roster.

The proposal, presented to the mayor and the aldermanic president at their monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon, calls for wages “competitive” with other police departments in the region, some of which pay significantly higher starting salaries. It also proposes new incentives for becoming a city officer, such as tax breaks and down payment assistance on homes.

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