Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says he is spending about $4,000 to train officers who use that training to work for other agencies. Sheriff Peterson has a good point. His department shouldn't be paying for the training of new officers who quickly move to other better paying jobs with other law enforcement agencies. This is both costly and inefficient.
We agree that Harrison County deputies deserve equitable pay. We also agree the county has a vested interest in keeping good deputies.
As county leaders consider pay raises, we hope they will also consider other ways of retaining officers, whether it's minimum stay put requirements at hiring or achievement incentives. We want all of our law enforcement agencies to have dedicated and happy officers to help keep our communities safe.
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