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Columbus releases police compensation survey as they gear up hiring campaign

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus has released the latest survey on police compensation comparing salaries from several areas around the city. The survey highlights competitive base salary and benefits for the police department. News Three's Naomi Keitt spoke to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Councilor Glenn Davis about the survey.

"At any given time there could've been one officer covering 2 or 3 beats around town," said Davis.

Davis says in the past, the city was almost at a crisis level, with nearly 90 positions that needed to be filled, and high retirement rates with few replacements. He says it was difficult to get and keep officers in the city.

"They were going through training and going through our teaching process and then they would go around and go somewhere else and be paid higher, make more money, benefits are better," said Davis.

The police compensation survey says Columbus police officers earn a little more than $36,000 a year for their starting salary. That number is a little less than officers in Cobb County, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and LaGrange.

"It also allows you to look pretty closely at some of your competitors to see if there's some benefit they're providing that really gives value to officers that you might be willing to pay for to up your package," said Tomlinson.

The Mayor says there have been some retention problems but the compensation they are offering as starting salary should help keep officers in the department.

"We are very very competitive with our starting pay and the perks that we provide as a package," said Tomlinson.

If you are interested in becoming a police officer you can call 706-653-3154. You can also visit http://www.protectcolumbus.com/.

Naomi Keitt

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