Pay them and they will stay

January 14, 2009 1:21:54 PM PST
An expert on officer recruiting and retention says if NC cities want to keep officers, they need to pay more and have sympathy.Dwyane Orrick, director of public safety in Cordele, Ga., told police chiefs at an annual conference in Durham on Tuesday that means better pay, concern about personal problems and rewards for good work.

Orrick also said officers have to be treated with respect and be considered an investment.

He told chiefs that police management techniques haven't kept up with higher standards demanded of recruits.

Durham lost 56 officers last year, and Raleigh lost 10 percent of its force.

Durham police chief Jose Lopez said his department is advertising for recruits.


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