Chief Jeff Walther says they had to find more ways to attract candidates after police departments nationwide were losing workers during the pandemic. Last year, they decided to increase starting police officer salaries by about $3,000 to nearly $67,000. Since then, they’ve had 50% more people applying.
“The more officers I have to fill those squads the quicker our response times are,” Walther said. “I think we found right away that it paid dividends for us.”
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