Orison: week 5 discussion 2
Pay, Benefits, Pension Programs, and Effective Recruitment
In light of recent political and public fallout regarding labor unions, discuss the actual and potential effects on police pay, benefits, and pension programs within a selected state of your choice. Additionally, explain two (2) current factors affecting recruitment, hiring, or retention and describe how these evolving issues will impact recruitment and hiring.
These days in our society where health insurance is required and you are punished for not having any even if you cannot afford the required insurance the government says you have to have; we are all struggling to survive. Here in Colorado the voters thought it a good idea to legalize marijuana so the state taxed the sales. As we all know those dealers who were illegally selling weed before jumped at the chance to pay taxes now. The revenue from the legal shops is helping in training and surprisingly in the areas where it is allowed to be sold helping with paying the salaries of public employees. So for some agencies the budget is no longer so tight they are choking but can breathe easy.
When it comes to recruitment for law enforcement the schedule and pay have always been issues. Most police departments cover their jurisdiction 24 hours a day seven days a week. This means someone has to work the undesirable shifts which often fall to the new guy. The next issue is that we do not get paid enough to take the crap that we do on a daily basis. The cold hard fact is that none of us become cops to get rich because we never will. These two issues combine to make retention a issue as well. Burn out and stress make this a very hard job to turn into a lifelong career.
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