Raleigh Police officers push for higher pay

March 3, 2008 5:52:00 AM PST
Monday some Raleigh Police officers will head to City Hall to fight for higher pay.

Some people believe Raleigh is losing officers to nearby towns because those towns pay better and offer better benefits than the Capital City.

Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan will discuss a proposed pay raise for officers with City Council at 10 a.m. But the chief and many other officers are miles apart on the salary issued.

The Police Protective Association's presidents sent e-mail to member officers, advising them that the chief's proposed pay raise is less than the association expected.

City Councilman Philip Isley will take the pay raise proposal serious. "I do think it's important for us to take a look at this and if we have to make some adjustments here or there we can try to take a look at that," Isley said.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker says retention is very important to him and the citizens of Raleigh. "Certainly we're concerned, because any time you spend 6 months training an officer you naturally want that officer to stay here."

Meeker also wants other Raleigh officers to attend to the chief's presentation to the City Council Monday morning.


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