Pay Raise Holds Police Retirements Steady As Cost-Of-Living Increase Expires

Preemptive pay raises aimed at mitigating a projected mass retirement of Tulsa police officers this May seem to have panned out.

“Before we started this, the estimate was like 100-120 people were going to retire all at the same time,” said Jeff Downs, president of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police. “That was the worst-case scenario we could have.”

The department already operates at about a 130 patrol officer deficit.

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