BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - You may have driven past a billboard on I-10 at Perkins Road recently that aims to start up a conversation about what police officers in Baton Rouge are paid. The Baton Rouge Union of Police is behind the billboard, and is calling for pay raises for officers in the capital city.
The billboard reads, “How much more must we give till we get fair pay”
“And their membership is just frustrated at this point, not hearing nothing, and trying to get some things worked out for the future,” said Gary Spillman, spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Union of Police.
He says the union hopes the billboard catches people's eyes.
“Now all of a sudden, you're in this pandemic of COVID-19. They’re (officers) being asked to stand out there and do their job, and they're doing their job well,’ said Spillman.
Back in March, the City-Parish’s negotiations with the Police Union for a new contract were almost complete.
“Police pay was the final aspect of the negotiations, and the city-parish was committed to utilizing the savings identified in the organizational and operational assessment towards funding a police pay raise,” said Darryl Gissel, Chief Operating OFficer for the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge.
“And I think what the membership is looking for is just some type of good faith with the administration, to either get the contract signed and continue with negotiations with pay,” said Spillman.
- Baton Rouge police officers make $38,979 a year
- Central police officers make $15 an hour
- Zachary police officers make $16.07 an hour
- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies make $41,350.00 a year.
- Gonzales police officers get paid $47,174.40
And according to this website from NOPD.
After one year in the force, officers could possibly make around $56K a year.
“There’s a lot more going on here in Baton Rouge than there is in Gonzales. So that's what makes it frustrating for the BRPD police officers,” said Spillman.
Chief Murphy Paul said, “We are committed in our efforts to pay our officers the salary they deserve. Through efficiencies and the elimination of high ranking positions we were planning to recognize savings within our existing budget. This was the first of several steps to attain a full pay raise."
“At least let the officers know, let everyone know what their (administration’s) plans are,” said Spillman.
The mayor’s office and Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul have both responded by releasing statements.
The mayor’s office and Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul have both responded by releasing these full statements.
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