SHARISSE KELLY: Law enforcement officers deserve higher pay

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dougherty law enforcement officers have not had a raise in six years

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

On March 10, an article about the Dougherty County public safety workers expressed the need for a raise. A meeting with the county commissioners was held regarding the matter. At that time, they were not granted a raise. Albany is the “Good Life City”; if the county keeps losing officers to smaller cities for better pay, a “Good Life City” is what people will least likely experience when they visit Albany.

Officers make less than $27,000 a year, which is not much if they have a family. In Fiscal Year 2008, there was a cost-of-living adjustment. In six years, there have been a lot of changes to the economy and the cost of living has been one of them. There must be a department that can be eliminated within the county in order to give the veteran officers more pay.

Residents/business owners of Dougherty County would be dissatisfied to know that there were not enough officers to patrol their neighborhoods. Having fewer officers patrolling the neighborhoods may force residents to form more neighborhood watch committees. Bringing the residents together is what communities need. The more involved the residents are in the community, the less likely there may be crime in that neighborhood.