Lebanon Police $30,000 Signing Bonus Raises Eyebrows

LEBANON — In a sign of the challenge police departments face in filling their ranks, the city’s police department has increased its signing bonus to $30,000 for newly hired officers — three times the amount N.H. State Police is offering for new troopers and twice as much as neighboring Hanover.

“It’s no secret law enforcement recruitment and retention is in a crisis mode right now throughout this country, no matter whether you are a five-man department or 5,000,” Lebanon Police Chief Phil Roberts said this past week in explaining the decision to increase the department’s signing bonus by $10,000 from $20,000.

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