CLAYTON, Mo. — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says his department will be able to hire and retain officers more easily after the county council’s action approving a big pay raise for police.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the council on Tuesday unanimously approved an increase that will average about 30 percent per officer. The money comes from a ballot measure approved by voters in April. The measure is for patrol officers and sergeants only. A final vote on raises for higher ranking officers is expected later this year.
Dozens of officers with 10 years of experience still earn $48,256 in base pay. Those officers will see their base pay jump to $68,848.
The county employs 850 officers.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com