Washington, DC’s police force is offering $20,000 bonuses to attract new officers amid labor shortage hiring struggles

New starters will be given $10,000 as an initial hiring bonus and a further $10,000 once they complete a 24-week police academy.

Washington, DC is giving new cops a $20,000 hiring bonus amid a “very challenging job market.”
DC’s chief of police said the pandemic and demand for remote working were stunting hiring.
The bonuses mean first year pay for new officers joining the force is over $80,000.

The city of Washington, DC is offering $20,000 hiring bonuses to new cops amid a nationwide labor shortage.

The district’s mayor and the chief of its Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced the new bonus on Friday as part of plans to hire hundreds more police officers.

“We know how critical it is to have a fully staff and resourced MPD, and that requires us to hire strong talent and to retain experienced officers,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a press release.

New starters will be given $10,000 as an initial hiring bonus and a further $10,000 once they complete a 24-week training program at the police academy. The money will have to be repaid if new recruits quit the force within two years of graduating from the academy.

The starting salary at the DC MPD is $60,199, which rises to $65,863 after an 18-month probationary period. The $20,000 hiring bonus effectively means an increase of 33% to the basic first-year salary.

“While our recruiting standards remain high, we know this is an extremely competitive job market and this bonus distinguishes us from the rest of the pack,” police chief Robert J. Contee III said at a news conference Friday.

New officers are also eligible for other benefits, including $6,000 in rental assistance.

When asked what was deterring people from applying for jobs at the MPD, Contee pointed to the pandemic, demand for remote working, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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