Police chief makes case for officer salary raises to stem attrition

Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM.

Some officers who leave go to work for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, where starting salaries are more than $2 an hour over Crestview’s.

“We have a revolving door,” Taylor said. “They switch uniforms and they patrol the same area.”

While a 17 percent raise would bring a Crestview officer’s salary to law enforcement standards and make the position more competitive, Taylor requested what he believes is a more feasible 8 percent increase.

It would be accomplished by giving officers a one-grade and one-step increase on the city’s pay scale.

Taylor requested the council bear in mind the exceptionally rigorous training and challenging work a police officer undergoes.

“We're the only agency in the city where we have to wear bullet-proof vests to work,” Taylor said. “We walk through the doors no one else would walk through. We’re the only people who seek out situations that other people run from.”

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