Is it any wonder that we cannot retain Officers in the City of Salisbury? You ever wonder why most don't stick around or want to be Salisbury Police Officers?? It's probably because their pay is the laughing stock of the Lower Shore. I took the time to do some research over the weekend calling most of the local agencies for their starting salary range and was just blown away at how overworked and underpaid our City Officers are.
Below are the numbers and I want you to take into consideration the calls for service our Officers have comparatively. Salisbury City Police have responded to over 50,000 calls for service the past 2 years. The UCR from 2010 is also shown below
These 2010 numbers are showing you just part one crime which are the most serious calls and as you can clearly see City Police Officers handled 2687 almost twice that of MSP and The Sheriff Office combined. Trust me those guys deserve a pay raise as well but this is about our City Police. Now onto the numbers, some are starting salaries and then upon graduation from academy.
Pocomoke City Police 40,019
Cambridge Police 34,000
Salisbury University 38,000
Maryland State Police 41,326
Wicomico County Sheriff 39,267
Princess Anne 36,618
Ocean City 40,304
Worcester County Sheriff 37,496
Somerset County Sheriff 34,600 after academy graduation
and where do our Salisbury City Officers Start?36,473 according to Website although many Officers are making less than that amount. Think about that a minute. Pocomoke, Princess Anne, Salisbury University and Ocean City all make more money then SPD
Also most of these agencies have liberal take home car policies or residency requirements for their cars. How can we expect our Officers who run the most calls and deal with the most serious of crimes and get paid peanuts to do so have any long term career in the SPD? I propose an immediate increase to 40,000 upon completion of the Academy as a way to keep our Officers in the SPD and allow Officers to Take Their Cars Home if they live within a certain distance from the City Center.
Salisbury has got to take better care of the Officers that keep us safe and paying them less than the majority of other Municipalities and expecting them to do so much more work is why we have few career SPD officers in our ranks.