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  • Raleigh Police Officers Deserve Better Pay
    Updated On: Feb 55, 2016
    RPPA president Matt Cooper discusses the importance of pay for Raleigh police officers as Local 391 VP Rick Armstrong stands with him.

    The Raleigh Police Protective Association, the law enforcement division of Teamsters Local 391, launched a campaign on February 24 to increase pay in Raleigh for police officers.  

    "Raleigh police officers are some of the lowest paid officers in the country and in Wake County," said RPPA president Matthew Cooper, who is a detective for the Raleigh Police Department.  "Not only are we having a tough time recruiting police officers to come and work in for Raleigh, we are having a difficult time retaining our officers."

    Cooper said the pay issue is now a crisis as the population of Raleigh grows and the need for highly trained police officers increase.  

    Here is a comparison of Raleigh Police Department starting pay versus communities in Wake County:  

    Knightdale PD $41,497

    Cary PD $40,456

    Wake Forest PD  $39,891

    Fuquay-Varina PD $38,309

    Rolesville PD $37,937

    Raleigh PD $34,281

    To illustrate the point, RPPA member Bobby Hudson, a Raleigh police officer trying to provide for his family, sat down with our communications team to explain how the low pay effects his family.  

    Police officer pay in Raleigh is also below cities of similar population in the US.
    Minneapolis, MN            $54,504              400,070 (population)
    Arlington, TX                 $54,218             379,577
    Miami, FL                      $50,490             417,650
    Colorado Springs, CO     $47,688             439,886
    Tulsa, OK                      $45,962             398,121
    Wichita, KS                   $44,761             368,552
    Omaha, NB                   $41,537             434,353
    Charlotte, NC                $41,081             792,862
    Virginia Beach, VA         $40,650             448,479
    Atlanta, GA                   $34,726             447,841
    Raleigh, NC                   $34,281             431,746

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