Pay raise sought for Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers
BY MICHAEL McNUTT NewsOK.com
Friday, January 25, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - The state Public Safety Department is seeking to increase the pay of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers whose pay ranks 15th in the state.
Fourteen law enforcement agencies in the state, mostly police departments in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, pay their beginning officers more than rookie troopers earn, Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson said Thursday.
“You've got all these agencies that make so much more money than we do, but when the state of Oklahoma needs us, we're 911 for the state of Oklahoma,” Thompson told members of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on public safety and judiciary.
“When the people need help they call us and we go and stay as long as we need to be,” said Thompson, who pointed out troopers made 4,732 agency assistance calls during 2012.
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