Sacramento police officers say their pay is not competitive with other departments. So, the Sacramento city council is coming up with money to keep the officers from leaving.
The $1.3 million bonus will be paid to nearly 700 employees, ranging from $1,000 for dispatchers to $2,100 for officers. With a top salary of $85,000, Sacramento police officers make less than cops in nearby cities like Roseville and Stockton.
The Sacramento Police Officer's Association says nearly 50 have left for more money since 2015. President Timothy Davis tells KCRA 3 -- the bonuses are Sacramento's best shot to retain its own cops:
Well, we're losing people. It's simple economics, you get what you pay for.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg says it's a great step, but there's still a lot more work to be done:
The one time bonus is not the end of the discussion, but it's a good faith effort as we enter formal negotiations with the Police Officer's Union.
Those negotiations start next week, with the police union contract set to expire in June.