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    How much should cops be paid?

    I just noticed that my arresting officer is paid $123,000 yearly. I thought this was way too much, but I'm sure many would disagree.

    Given that law enforcement is the role of government, this issue is best decided by the taxpayers and not the market.

    I believe cops should be generously paid, but not more than 100k a year. The arresting officer was a low-level grunt and not a supervisor or a lieutenant.

    In my opinion, cops should start out at somewhere around 50-60K a year and from there, the salary should increase. 123K a year is something a lieutenant, in my opinion, could be making. But not your average field officer. What are your thoughts?

    This is just concerning their pay. Their pensions and benefits are an entirely different matter.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    I do realize that there are many variables that contribute to the difference in pay. But this is generally speaking.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    50-60k sounds reasonable. Perhaps with some fluxuation based on cost of living in their community. Maybe 75k for sergeant and 100kish for leiutenant.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    60-70K seems reasonable. It should be more though if they work in a dangerous place.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Dunno where this is. NYC maybe.

    In South Carolina, most cops make 20k-35k a year. Old vets and supervisors might make 40 or 50. I'll bet my paycheck there isn't a single cop in SC making 100k.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Enough that they can live and support a family in a reasonable level of comfort in the area where they work.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Enough that they can live and support a family in a reasonable level of comfort in the area where they work.
    Let's look at it from the standpoint of what they could be making in private industry.

    Most departments these days are requiring either a 2 year degree in Criminology, or a 4 year degree in whatever.

    You must be physically able to pass the PT tests; learn to shoot to certain standards; attend several weeks of training at the Academy, and ongoing training forever; work under stressful and adverse conditions, dealing with danger and confrontation daily.

    Sounds like they ought to be making what other educated and well-trained, versatile professionals are making in private industry, and that 50-100k is not unreasonable depending on experience/seniority/accomplishments and the cost of living in their area.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    I just noticed that my arresting officer is paid $123,000 yearly. I thought this was way too much, but I'm sure many would disagree.

    Given that law enforcement is the role of government, this issue is best decided by the taxpayers and not the market.

    I believe cops should be generously paid, but not more than 100k a year. The arresting officer was a low-level grunt and not a supervisor or a lieutenant.

    In my opinion, cops should start out at somewhere around 50-60K a year and from there, the salary should increase. 123K a year is something a lieutenant, in my opinion, could be making. But not your average field officer. What are your thoughts?

    This is just concerning their pay. Their pensions and benefits are an entirely different matter.
    dude, not to accuse you of being incorrect again but....I find it hard to believe that a traffic cop anywhere makes 123K
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Dunno where this is. NYC maybe.

    In South Carolina, most cops make 20k-35k a year. Old vets and supervisors might make 40 or 50. I'll bet my paycheck there isn't a single cop in SC making 100k.
    Average copper salary in SC is $49,000. Supervisory copper salary average $61,000. Most people would be absolutely amazed at the salaries of our police officers. Combine their salaries with some of the most generous pensions on the planet, and you'll find out why they stand in line to sign up. Police Officer Salary in South Carolina | Indeed.com
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    It depends on where they are. One thing is CERTAIN..... no pension. EVER. Same goes with firemen. No pension. Also they need to pay a minimum of 80% of their healthcare.
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