Danville City Council to consider pay raise for city police officers

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Danville police officers could be getting a pay raise for work they conduct off-duty.

Chief of Police Scott Booth is working to get a pay bump in the hourly rate for police officers when they work events for vendors on their own time. A breakdown of the proposed rates are below:

Officer rate$30.00$40.00
Supervisor rate$35.00$45.00
Command Supervisor rate$40.00$50.00
Holiday rate$0.00$50.00
Police Vehicle rate$0.00$10.00

The Danville Police Department last increased their extra duty rate in July of 2011.

According to department officials, approximately 50% of assignments were not being filled due to mitigating circumstances, families, requested time off, and other issues. One of the reasons for the rate increase for the officers and the addition of the holiday pay rate is “to give officers some extra incentive to leave their family, friends, and sacrifice social events to sign up for all the requested assignments.”

Another reason listed for the pay increase was that many requests for off-duty officers are from vendors who have events or functions where they want officers onsite for the duration of the program. When the officers sign up to work these events, if there is a call for service at the location, there are already officers on the scene. This keeps the on-duty officers free to continue to patrol the city.

Danville City Council is set to consider this proposal at a meeting on Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

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