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|Abingdon Chief Urges Policies for Police Uniforms, Pay
|Abingdon's police chief says a couple of situations that often come up within his department are not covered by any sort of a policy, and he's asking the city council to change that.
Alderman Rich Slagle, chairman of Abingdon's Police Committee, read a letter Monday night to the city council from chief Fred Andrews. Andrews says in the letter there's no guide for purchasing police uniforms or how much certain officers should be paid.
Andrews tells WGIL he's basically buying uniforms blind right now. "We would like to have a guideline on exactly what we can buy per year for our officers," Andrews said. "We like our officers to be dressed professionally and look nice; and as it is right now, there's nothing in our policy manual for what our city will furnish. So I'm looking for a guideline of what we can buy per year, per officer, to uniform our officers properly."
Andrews is referring primarily to things like shirts, hats, pants and coats - and he hopes to save money through a new policy.
Also missing is a policy that covers what certain police officers should be paid. Andrews tells WGIL a pay scale is needed for those situations. "The only thing it says, is that part-timers get $11.50 per hour; when you go to full time, it's $12.50 per hour," Andrews said. "(A particular officer) really had six or seven years of seniority, and was full-time trained. So, there was nothing wrote down what he should have get paid."
Andrews says the officer, based on his seniority and experience, should started at a higher pay rate.
Both the uniform and pay matters will be taken up by the Abingdon Police Committee next week.
|03 17 09 by Newsroom
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