By the way $21/hr after insurance, pension, taxes equates to $13/hr. There you have it Atlanta, that is what the 20 something officer with 3 years police experience (sadly seen as a seasoned veteran by his co-workers) responding to your 911 call is earning to keep you safe from the armed robbers and home invaders roaming the streets.
If you want police that look at policing as a "just a job" then pay them 21/hr and treat them like temporary employees. After all, that 21/hr is better than their last job at Subway. Or perhaps they'll take this job because they couldn't land a career as a police officer any place else in the country due to an ugly arrest they might have had in their past.
If you want hardworking and professional police that look at policing as a career then pay them a professional wage and provide incentive for them to stay. Higher wages bring in higher caliber police officers. Mayor Reed would rather refer to his officers as "trying to rob the train and shoot the conductor in the head at the same time" (AJC story on the issue). So which is it Mayor Reed? Robbing the train is asking for higher wages when an employee is taking home less today than he did six years ago? Shooting the conductor in the head is taking you and the City Council to court for ILLEGALLY taking an extra 5% from officers every year to go to towards an unneeded football stadium and god knows what else? Maybe to patch up a hole left by City Council's 50% raise? Is it the other way around?
Kasim Reed used a murdering train robber metaphor to describe his own city's police force. Kasim Reed does not respect his police, firefighters, or other city employees beneath him for that matter. Kasim Reed is a self preservationist and career politician that will leave the City of Atlanta in rubble happily if he can advance his career in Washington. Do not think he cares for the well being of this city, his employees, or the common man for a second.
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