April 10, 2013
Provided to Florida Public Employees
By: James W. Preston
Last week we spoke in a release about much needed salary increases for Florida Highway Patrol in Senate Bill 1500 from Senator Joe Negron that neglected other state workers in the Department of Corrections and in Parole and Probation for example. Corrections and Probation officers have not had a raise since 2006. This is simply unacceptable and wrong.
Today, the Senate will vote on an amendment that will correct this oversight and the Florida Fraternal Order of Police supports this amendment that will help those officers who are often overlooked. The high turnover and attrition rates which lead to increased additional costs in training and a decrease in experienced career officers in D.O.C. demand to be addressed. Paying these officers a fair wage is the right thing to do. In one report from Criminal Justice, 3,079 officers left the D.O.C. in one year alone. The costs associated with replacing and retaining qualified and trained officers exceeds the value of giving them a raise to protect their future security. A living wage is what they deserve.
The state should be committed to attracting and keeping a well trained and experienced staff in these most critical jobs of keeping felons off the streets. Their safety and the safety of those they are responsible for is critical and that comes from training and experience.
Contact your Senator and ask them to vote “yes” to the amendment to Senate Bill 1500. These officers deserve it.
That’s what we think.
James Preston, President
Florida State Lodge
Fraternal Order of Police
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