Emporia Police Officers Granted $4K Retention Bonus

The Emporia City Council voted 4-1 to give a $4,000 retention bonus to the Emporia Police Department officers.

The Virginia General Assembly approved $5,000 retention bonuses for the Virginia State Police and a $3,000 retention bonus for Sheriff’s Office deputies. The Emporia Sheriff’s Office deputies will receive the $3,000 bonus. EPD Chief Rick Pinksaw included them in his $4,000 request.

Pinksaw said surrounding police departments are increasing salaries for their officers. Police departments across the country are having difficulty retaining police officers and are poaching other departments to man unfilled positions. Nearly all of his officers have been recruited by other law enforcement agencies.

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