New Miami Police officers hit the streets
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A new crop of police rookies are ready to hit the streets to serve and protect the citizens of Miami.
The Miami Police Department is sending 10 new officers to the streets Tuesday, and 25 recruits are embarking on six months of hard work in the police academy.
The 35 new hires with the Miami Police Department have been added in the upcoming budget. "We understand that there is a spike in crimes in several neighborhoods so we had to respond to the people," said City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.
Miami police officer salaries sit at the lower end of the scale in Miami-Dade County, and after five years of salary and benefit cuts, Regalado says patience is the key here. "I understand there have been a lot of cuts, but I think that we are coming back," he said. "As the city comes back, we are sharing the wealth with the police department and other departments."
Despite the lower salaries, which is $45,000 a year for a new officer, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said recruitment is strong. "We have no shortages on applicants, but we really also need to help out the officers that are here by returning some of their benefits back so that we can move forward," said Orosa. "It doesn't help us if these people graduate and then decide to leave to a higher paying job."
As for the salaries at the Miami Police Department and also the benefit cuts, negotiations are still underway ahead of a budget meeting, a second and final budget meeting that is set for Thursday.
The Miami Police Department said a recruitment event will be held Oct. 14 for new officers.
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