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Richmond Police asks for $1.7M additional funding for pay raises

Police Chief Alfred Durham (Source: NBC12) Police Chief Alfred Durham (Source: NBC12)

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham is asking the City for an additional $1.7 million in funding for the coming budget.  Chief Durham made the request Monday during a budget work session at Richmond City Council.

City Council member Parker Agelasto said Chief Durham is requesting the additional money to combat salary decompression. RPD has fought a budget battle steadily for a number of years.

Chief Durham pointed to 45 precinct staffing vacancies, with the most in district 2 (14 vacancies). Mayor Levar Stoney’s budget proposal allocates some additional funding to RPD, to address the vacancies. The money Chief Durham is requesting now would pay staff who have missed raises in years past.

RPD officers have raises built into a calendar of sorts. When money got tight in the past, those raises were frozen. Now some officers who have been on the force for a number of years and have missed their scheduled raises are earning the same wage as newer officers.

The concern is that other localities or agencies will give these officers the money they want and Richmond will lose experienced officers who the City paid to train.

If any additional money is approved by Richmond City Council, it would go into effect with the 2017 budget on July 1.

Chief Durham declined NBC12’s request for an interview.

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