To the editor:
I have just that more praise and appreciation for those on police duty now; knowing they have endured the embarrassing prospect of a $6 raise per year of service on the force over the rookie.
Can not our city officials look around at the military pay schedule, civil service pay schedules, or prison schedules? The numbers are different but the system is the same!
The proposed change is better late than not at all, rewarding experience, performance and ability with commensurate pay.
As prior military, it does not make sense to pay a sergeant the same as a private. To me, the police career is similar to the combat soldier.
These are civil soldiers on our streets putting their lives on the line while keeping us safe and protected. This is at great personal price due to their daily stress, both physical and mental, not knowing what violence is coming their way.
Just look through the paper. For example, Nov. 17-18 Times, "Suspect allegedly batters 3 officers." I recall we lost a decorated police officer last year or two ago.
If their pay does not progress with their experience and performance, we lose what we have trained.
I don't mind paying more in taxes for our people, police, firefighters, EMS; they are more important to me than a parcel of land or hotel deal. After all, what good is the land or hotel if civil order and laws are not enforced?
I was set aback getting that speeding ticket, but was impressed with the police officer that gave it.