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TACOMA: Consider Lakewood for police pay model

Letter by John Stella, Tacoma on June 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm with No Comments »
June 28, 2011 2:33 pm

Re: “Extra-duty pay pushes 2 cops above Lakewood police chief” (TNT, 6-24).

I am not sure what The News Tribune was trying to accomplish with this article. Was it to show Lakewood as doing something questionable in its handling of extra pay? Or was it to show that other municipalities should follow their example? I hope it’s the latter.

It appears to me, as a Tacoma resident, that Lakewood is actually making some money to help pay expenses, while Tacoma is spending more money subsidizing extra pay for its officers.

I’m sure The Tacoma Police Department has reasons for this, but maybe it would be worth looking at the Lakewood model to see what savings could be made.

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