Atlanta Police Retention Improving

Charles Edwards at WABE has highlighted a recent City of Atlanta audit on the attrition rate of the police department.

Of note,

From 2000 to 2006, the city lost more officers yearly than it hired.

So, why do officers leave?

Some retire, but…

“Most of them check off the block pay as number one,” said Wilkinson.

Starting salary for Atlanta officers is between about $39,000 and $42,000. But, officials say pay isn’t the only problem. Wilkinson says a bigger question might be when do officers leave?

“About 88% of the officers that left the police force left in the first 5 years,” said Wilkinson.

The audit notes that attrition rates have declined from 6.2% in 2008, to 4.2% in 2011. What is missing is how Atlanta stacks up to other major cities in police turnover and how attrition effects public safety.

There is not only an effort to retain our officers but to also move them within the city limits. Recently, the Buckhead Coalition announced it will provide up to 16 officers with a $3,000 bonus to move into select Buckhead apartments and condominiums.


One comment

  1. saltycracker says:

    If their #1 issue is pay….call the bluff…it is probably early retirement w/benefits and that is where the long term financial issues are.

    Pay them more and put them on 401k’s with some matching percentage.

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