Dear Supporters of the Officers, Detectives, Corporals, and Sergeants of the Spokane Police Department,
First and foremost, we wanted to reach out to our community and thank you all for the generous support you have shown us over the past few weeks; from cards, to phone calls, to just stopping our officers in the street to say, “Thank you.” Your support has been so appreciated in these times when law enforcement seems to be clouded with a broad brush of negativity. We live here, we work here, and we love our community.
We are in unprecedented times and it is no secret that there are a shortage of officers around the nation, and it’s not hard to explain why; while the amount of skills needed to be a successful police officer have increased, the amount of scrutiny, liability, and potential danger are ever growing. It is also undeniable that for a police department to be successful it must find, recruit, and hire diverse and qualified applicants, but in this climate that is perhaps the greatest challenge to our organization.
We are always striving to hire the most qualified applicants, and in our experience at job fairs and other recruiting events we often hear from prospective applicants that they intend on applying for other agencies. Two of the main reasons cited are the comparatively low salaries of the Spokane Police Department and the perceived lack of support from our City Council. We’ve had varying success highlighting many of the monetary benefits we enjoy and quelling the outside perceptions of adversarial relationships within our city government. The contract that the Spokane City Council will be voting on in the coming weeks gives them an opportunity to dispel these issues to future applicants and will immediately help with our efforts to recruit qualified applicants.
We believe the real opportunity in ratifying this contract is the message it sends to both prospective applicants and current employees; that the employees and the City are a team working together for a better community. Police officers must be logical and objective thinkers; the profession attracts those types of minds and the job instills the value of that mindset. This is an objectively fair contract; the wage increase is on par with cost of living increases, and it puts Spokane in the middle of the pack in relation to comparable departments.
We want to continue to provide the best possible service to the people of Spokane and to do so, we need your help; our City Council members need to hear from you. Over the next week, we need you to contact them by email and let them know that you support the Spokane Police
Department and want them to approve the proposed contract: