Alexandria, Louisiana is one of several cities in Louisiana struggling to find police recruits, reportedly due to low pay.
In a Facebook post from the City of Alexandria, Louisiana Government, city officials said they were hoping to reduce police turnover by continuing to offer a 2% base pay increase for current officers who did not receive the increase this summer after their union declined it.
“In the spirit of recognizing the contribution of every officer, I offered an across-the-board pay increase for the entire department, and unfortunately the union declined,” Mayor Jeffrey Hall said.
“Keeping pay competitive is a critical issue to help decrease turnover and to engage our officers. My offer of a one-time 2 percent increase to the base pay still stands. My hope is we can work together and find a solution so our valuable and dedicated police officers can receive this increase.”
The Police Association of Lafayette Local #905 took notice and responded.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council, last Tuesday passed a motion that implements a new pay plan for starting officers of the Lafayette Police Department.
Effective immediately, the starting pay for all first year officers will climb to $40,000 a year.
The current starting salary was $34,600 a year.