Pataskala police hoping for retention, salvation with March's final vote

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PATASKALA, Ohio —2020年欧预赛赛程 Pataskala Police have been facing an ongoing staffing issue the last few years.

2020年欧预赛赛程"Retention is one of our largest issues," Det. Bradley Ramsey said.

Ramsey has been with the department the last 15 years. In that time, he says it's been a struggle to maintain officers.

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"We serve, typically, as a stepping stone department," he said. "Our typical hire comes from the academy. Fresh out of the academy. We provide them with the best training we possibly can."

2020年欧预赛赛程New officers are inexperienced but are trained to the best of the department's ability. Ramsey says they are content until they look at their pay checks.

2020年欧预赛赛程"And, eventually, that hunger drives them to start looking at those other agencies," Ramsey said.

In the past four years, Ramsey says 11 officers have left the department for opportunities with other agencies.

2020年欧预赛赛程"It's tough for a younger officer coming in to really want to make roots here in Pataskala and stay when they can go next door and double their money," Ramsey said.

2020年欧预赛赛程Ramsey says the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB) offers a look at surrounding agencies and their yearly starting salaries. Some of the higher ones are Whitehall at $61,164, Dublin at $59,054, Hilliard at $62,071 and Westerville at $61,838. Agencies on the lower side of the pay scale are Heath at $45,467, Pataskala at $41,288 and Granville at $40,581.

2020年欧预赛赛程"We have to do something to be able to maintain and keep those officers that we're training," Ramsey said.

An issue on March's ballot will allow the people of Pataskala to possibly help.

A one-half percent income tax, if passed, would bring in about $3 million every year to the department for equipment and training. Ramsey says it would also add up to five officers in two years, which would put the department at full staff and will boost morale, as well as the desire for officers to want to stay in Pataskala.

2020年欧预赛赛程"We have officers in agencies saying 'Hey, if you guys get your pay squared away and your retention and things like that we want to come work for you'," Ramsey said.