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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    How the **** did you figure that out?


    Considering recent events here, I'd be happy paying cops 500k a year if the budget allowed.
    Radical..
    Reform again..
    Rather than overpaying, lets try to look at this in an intelligent manner.
    Simply observe, be the fly on the wall.
    Things can be done better.
    Those who do not wish for improvement should be swept aside....
    There is something wrong here, so much unemployment, yet we can over pay the cops...
    Do we have too many people?
    Or, do we have too many hopeless cases?

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Entire budgets don't tell the tale. Administrators have long been obfuscating individual salaries for very good reasons. The taxpayers would be up in arms if they knew what police, firefighters, teachers earn. If taxpayers knew the golden pensions these people received, they would be amazed -- and not amused AT all.


    Maggie, I don't know where you live, but PM me so I can move there and put in for a Deputy Sheriff job.


    According to this site, most SC State Troopers (the elite of uniformed-LE departments) make 25k to 35k a year. According to the graph, the top one-quarter of state troopers make 35k to 55k.... the other three-quarters make 25-35k.

    State Trooper Salary in South Carolina - Free Salary Data


    According to the SC Highway Patrol website, Troopers undergo 19 weeks of training at SCCJA, then recieve a salary of 31k as a trained trooper. When they make Lance Corporal (says 5 years, but I know it can take longer sometimes) their salary is 39k.

    http://www.schp.org/pdf/Trooper%20Requirements.pdf

    I spent some time looking at the Wall of Fame at the SCCJA when I was attending the Academy. About half the officers killed in the line of duty were Troopers, just FYI.

    The unwritten rule is you either have serious military experience or a college degree, or extensive other-LE experience, or you probably won't get hired as a Trooper, or even Deputy Sheriff in one of the larger counties. If a new Trooper makes 31k, I guarantee you that most Deputies in most counties don't start at more than 25-28k, and a small-town cop might make 18-24k.

    Hardly excessive pay, given what cops put up with every day. Nobody joins LE to make big bucks.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    dude, not to accuse you of being incorrect again but....I find it hard to believe that a traffic cop anywhere makes 123K
    The old police chief from Colorado State University before he was forced to resign (turned out he ran that police station like a tyrant and would go so far as to have other cops falsify reports such as damage to his police cruiser which he caused when he hit a boulder on campus trying to make it to the class he taught on time. Chicago cop....go figure) was one of the highest paid public servants in the State.

    As it relates to the topic, 50-60/year seems reasonable to me.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    According to this site, most SC State Troopers (the elite of uniformed-LE departments) make 25k to 35k a year. According to the graph, the top one-quarter of state troopers make 35k to 55k.... the other three-quarters make 25-35k.
    That's starting salary right? I don't find starting salary tells me anything these days. Nearly every non-degreed or 4 year degree entry level job pays $20-$60K. Job stability, benefits, pensions, raises, career advancements, risk, etc., all factor in too. I have seen some outrageous salary postings. Remember that cop working overtime that was making a small fortune in the news not too long ago?

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    Last edited by Mach; 12-09-10 at 04:29 PM.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    As it relates to the topic, 50-60/year seems reasonable to me.
    It really depends on where you live. I'm perfectly okay with paying a guy working in Compton more than 50k a year. In colorado, however, that's a reasonable salary, and pretty close to what the average detective makes there.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    How did you find that salary out Elijah, and did it include overtime?

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Where are you teaching, Hatuey? Camden, NJ?
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Elijah lives in SoCal. Everyone there makes 3 times what people in Texas make, yet we end up with more money in our wallets. Funny how that cost of living thing works.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    Elijah lives in SoCal. Everyone there makes 3 times what people in Texas make, yet we end up with more money in our wallets. Funny how that cost of living thing works.
    you know it. my wife's sister and famlily live in CA. Her husband makes almost triple what I do and we have almost identical standards of living. I have a ~3K sq ft house, a 500 sq ft workshop, an 800 sq ft barn and a 30K gallon pool on 9 acres. Their house is perhaps 500 sq ft bigger and they only have ~3 acres but their mortgage is nearly triple what I pay, not to mention property tax. Gasoline is almost always 50-75 cents a gallon more there than here. cost of electricity per kilowatt hour is lower here.

    I'd rather live on $60K in north alabama than $150K in CA any day.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    you know it. my wife's sister and famlily live in CA. Her husband makes almost triple what I do and we have almost identical standards of living. I have a ~3K sq ft house, a 500 sq ft workshop, an 800 sq ft barn and a 30K gallon pool on 9 acres. Their house is perhaps 500 sq ft bigger and they only have ~3 acres but their mortgage is nearly triple what I pay, not to mention property tax. Gasoline is almost always 50-75 cents a gallon more there than here. cost of electricity per kilowatt hour is lower here.

    I'd rather live on $60K in north alabama than $150K in CA any day.
    Yeah, but they get to rub elbows with the beautiful people.

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