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Council Announces Plan For Police Recruitment And Retention

For the past few years, San Diego has hemorrhaged police officers. According to San Diego Police Department leaders, the reason is simple math: by moving to another police force, officers can often increase their take home pay by up to $1,500 per month.

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Above: Police in riot gear break up Occupy San Diego protesters at the San Diego Civic Center Plaza on Oct. 28, 2011.

Four City Council members this afternoon will announce a plan to recruit and retain officers for San Diego's force.

This isn’t the first time politicians have paid attention to the recruitment gap. When council members passed a budget last week, it included expanding the number of recruits for the city's four annual police academies from 31 to 36.

In addition, San Diego police officers ratified a five-year labor deal with the city earlier this month even as the Police Officers Association warned real solutions to retention and recruitment were still needed.

Stay tuned for what measures the four City Council members are suggesting will help tackle the problem.

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