SAN DIEGO - San Diego City Council Chris Cate released the following statement today: "We know there needs to be across-the-board salary increases within the San Diego Police Department to keep it competitive with neighboring agencies. Keeping our officers competitive with other departments is in the best interests of our Police Department, the City, and taxpayers."
The City of San Diego has commissioned a salary survey to determine what increases are needed to keep the Police Department competitive. The survey will be complete in October and it will guide discussions between the City and our department, as well as the development of a plan I will commit to in order to get our officer compensation package in order.
Solving this recruitment and retention crisis will take real leadership. Suggesting it could be quickly resolved by an arbitrary increase -- that may not be enough to solve this problem -- won't do anything to get the Police Department back on track.
Let me stress again that I will prioritize funding for the Police Department, as is called for in our City Charter. I also will be a leader in supporting and advocating for a plan that spells out how many years this recovery process will take and where the money will come from.
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