Detroit PD increases officer salaries by $10K effective immediately
With the raise, the starting salary for Detroit officers jumps from $43,000 to $53,000 annually
By Ashley Silver
DETROIT — Detroit police officers will be receiving a $10,000 pay raise in an ongoing effort to help recruit and retain officers.
According to WXYZ News, the pay raise will go into effect immediately.
"I am so excited for our officers and their families and could not be more appreciative to the city council for their investment in our police officers," Detroit Police Chief James White told WXYZ News.
With the raise, the starting salary for Detroit officers jumps from $43,000 to $53,000 annually. Officers with over four years of experience go from $60,000 to $73,000, and detectives and ranking officers will see raises of $10,000 to $11,000, according to WXYZ News.
The total cost for the salary jump is $22.5 million and will be funded by an increase in income tax revenue. There is also a portion of the deal geared toward lateral transfers. For example, if you transfer from another department to the city of Detroit, your salary will reflect your experience.
"So if something inside of you said you want to be part of a big city but you couldn't afford it. Now, I think you're being treated fairly," Mayor Mike Duggan told the media outlet.
News of the salary increase is drawing former employees back to the department, with the DPD receiving 13 letters from officers asking to return, according to police.