Representatives for the San Diego Police Department have confirmed that salaries will be increased between 25 and 30 percent; the move comes amidst a staffing crisis, which has the number of current sworn staff fluttering at 1,800.
Current levels are 13 percent less than the department’s goal.
Department heads say the current number of officers, which is 239 officers below what’s desired, has lengthened response times and ballooned overtime budgets.
San Diego has long been among the region’s lowest paying law enforcement agencies; that trend has caused many officers to accept positions with other, higher-paying law enforcement agencies in the region.
News reports that all officers will receive pay increases of “at least” 26.5 percent between next July and January 2020. Officers with more than 20 years on the job will receive 30.6 percent pay increases.
The local police union president has said he believes the new pay deal will have a big impact on recruitment and retention.
The deal must still be approved by the City Council.
Original article: Staffing crisis prompts raises of 25 to 30 percent for San Diego police