Gwinnett Daily Post | Pay a problem for police force, chief says

6
Sep

Gwinnett Daily Post | Pay a problem for police force, chief says

LAWRENCEVILLE — Public safety officials said Thursday a pay raise and the addition of three more ambulance units to the county could save lives in Gwinnett.

During hearings over the county government’s 2014 budget, Police Chief Charlie Walters said one of the biggest challenges to the force is the high turnover rate for police officers after four years without a pay raise.

“We’ve got to stop the bleeding,” Walters said of people who often join the police department for its highly touted training then leave after a few years to join a nearby agency that pays more. “We’re not growing leaders for the future. We’ve got to make this a preferred place to live and work.”

Officers have left recently for jobs with the county school system and other metro departments. The city of Brookhaven’s force took five in one day, Walters said, offering a much higher salary than Gwinnett.

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