CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A police department with less seasoned officers. First responders said that’s the reality for CMPD if a 15 percent pay increase isn’t taken seriously.
Both police officers and firefighters again asked Charlotte City Council Monday night to include pay raises in the newest budget.
CMPD officers said the 6.5 percent currently proposed doesn't come close to what they are asking for.
“It is a good thing you are looking into affordable housing because most of your officers can’t afford to live in the city they protect,” Jennifer Cook said, the wife of a CMPD officer, who was speaking on behalf of CMPD officers demanding a 15 percent pay raise.
Cook said under the current proposed budget, in some instances new officers would be paid more than those who have been on the force for a decade.
The proposed 6.5 percent pay increase is less than half of what officers were asking for.
“Unless these requests of the officers behind me are taken seriously you will continue to lose seasoned and highlight talented officers at an alarming rate,” Cook said.
On Monday night, an anonymous letter from a CMPD officer was made public. The document, titled, "A City Without Cops," addressed the future of police and public safety if officers do not receive what they consider to be fair salaries. You can view the full document below.
Joining the fight for better pay Monday night was Charlotte Fire, who under the proposed budget would only receive a standard cost of living pay increase.
“This recommendation makes me feel that you place a greater value on a police officer’s life than my own,” said one firefighter, who has been on the job for three years.
The proposed budget is not set in stone.
Wednesday, Charlotte City Council is expected to make their recommendations for any changes ahead of straw vote on May 30, 2018.