Pierce County Sheriff’s Department offering $10,000 bonus for officers from other cities
Police departments across the Puget Sound region have encountered staffing issues in recent years, a trend that’s also made its way to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
In order to address that shortage, the department is hoping to entice new deputies, with a sizable $10,000 bonus for any officer laterally transferring from a department in another city or county.
This comes in the midst of criticism from many officers in Seattle about not feeling empowered by the city to tackle crime head-on.
“We are losing good people, and we know that it’s because they feel like they are not supported by public officials,” said Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best in early-2019.
Troyer claims that’s different down in Pierce County.
“We are not de-policing, and we still use handcuffs when needed,” he described. “We do have a lot of alternative programs and our guys have big hearts. But at a certain point and certain time, our department and our county believes it’s time to be held accountable.”
This isn’t the first time a local police department has tried to woo officers over from other cities. In 2019, the Seattle Police Department offered a $15,000 bonus for new hires. Bellevue has also offered hires with two years experience a $16,000 bonus, while Renton recently had a $10,000 bonus with 40 hours of vacation on the table.
Pierce County’s bonus for lateral hires is available for new deputies now.
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