Starting Salaries For Knoxville Police Officers Will Jump Up $10,000 A Year

Future Knoxville Police Department recruits will have starting salaries $10,000 higher than the current rate. Officers’ annual starting pay is increasing under the city’s new budget to $56,000 instead of the current $46,424. This makes KPD higher-paid than starting Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who received a large pay increase last year. Sheriff Tom Spangler […]

Seattle Police Chief Removed Amid Discrimination, Harassment Lawsuits

Seattle’s embattled police chief has been removed from his post, Mayor Bruce Harrell said Wednesday, just days after an assistant police chief was placed on leave and amid lawsuits from at least six officers alleging discrimination against women and people of color. Harrell said Chief Adrian Diaz has been replaced in the interim by Sue […]

Asheville Firefighter’s Death From Cancer Ruled As Line-Of-Duty Death

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) – The Asheville Fire Department said a Safety and Training Officer’s death from cancer has been ruled as a line-of-duty death. According to the department, STO Jeff Lyons became a member of the Asheville Fire Department in Sept. of 1996. He continuously worked full-time until 2022, when he was diagnosed with […]

N.C. PD Chiefs, Sheriffs Call For State Support As Staff Shortages Continue

ZEBULON, N.C. — Local law enforcement leaders are looking for more support to help them fill vacancies faster and keep more officers on the job. Zebulon Police Chief Jacqui Boykin said her department has four vacancies. “That doesn’t sound like a lot. But when you’re talking about a staff of 26, it’s a very big deal. […]

Minneapolis’ $18 Million Safety-Beyond-Policing Effort Questioned After Contracts Go Unpaid

Minneapolis’ crime prevention department is facing scrutiny from City Council members and violence-prevention groups who say limited oversight and unpaid contracts suggest the city isn’t committed to the work. Of particular concern: Several organizations under contract with the city to provide street-level outreach have reported not being paid for months, forcing them to halt their […]