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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2019 04:41 PM
From: Representative Dan L. Miller
To: All House members
Subject: Study to Ensure Appropriate Benefit Packages for Full and Part-time Police Officers
We all know that policing is a difficult and often dangerous profession, one that has only become more challenging as time has progressed. As many in the legislature debate police training and tactics, I believe it is also important that we discuss how shortfalls in police pay and benefits, as well as access to training, are likely to negatively impact performance. We must also consider whether we are doing enough to support those who risk their lives every day for us.

Too many officers, especially those working part-time, are shuffling between jobs, often taking extra work because they are underpaid or lack appropriate health care or other family benefits. Most want training, but their multiple work schedules or department needs can make that difficult. We don’t need our police overworked, fatigued, or unduly stressed due to improper compensation, training, or support. They deserve better, and the job we task them with is too important. Similarly, our citizens are right to demand a highly trained, professionally run, accountable police department that is well-suited to today’s issues and community needs.

As such, I will soon be introducing a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to work with stakeholders on a study of police officer salaries and benefits, which will include analyzing starting compensation packages for full- and part-time officers, in order to ensure that the needs of the individual departments and our citizenry are being met.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

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Introduced as HR87