Mayor Rawlings Says Pay Increases For New Officers Should Be City's Priority

Cameron Fairchild
August 14, 2018 - 2:35 pm
Dallas City Hall

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DALLAS (KRLD) - The Dallas City Manager's proposed budget calls for an increase in police pay, but Mayor Mike Rawlings says the approach is not a good idea...

"Doing an across the board pay raise is like taking a chainsaw into heart surgery. You can't just throw money up against the issue. You've got to understand what the issues are. And issue one, is recruiting levels."

Rawlings says if manpower is the biggest problem with the police department, then pay increases for new officers should be the priority.

City Councilman Kevin Felder says too many of the city's police officers live in other cities, and don't pay property taxes, spend money, or support businesses, in Dallas.

"Let me make it clear. I support an increase in fire, increase in police, in terms of the budget and the pay. But they're going to have to give back. The new hires are going to have to live in the city of Dallas."

An increase in police pay is included in the City Manager's proposed budget, but details on how the money would be spent have not yet been worked out.