Large Pay Raises for State Police Brass

Nearly half a million more dollars are going to the captains and lieutenants in the Connecticut State Police department this fiscal year.

Higher-ups in the State Police Department are slated to get pay raises of up to 56 percent. According to the Associated Press, the deal passed automatically because the state legislature chose not to vote on the contract within 30 days of its filing.

It will be their first raise since 2008.    

In 2011, 56 state troopers . All were officers who recently graduated from the academy.     

The raises will reportedly set the state back $458,000 in the current fiscal year.     

Position Old Pay New Pay Captain $82,000-$105,000 $128,000-$136,000 Lieutenant $73,000-$93,000 $113,600-$121,600 
Someone May 03, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Are you for real joe blow? These men/women put their lives on the line every day....we as taxpayers front the bill...let's get our priorities straight...pay for police services as opposed to buying other nonessential items...police officers should receive $200,000 pensions for the risk that they take....corporate higherups make that much yearly for playing golf and going out on expense paid dinners/vacations...stop buying junk at walmart/jcrew/theaters & pay the people who are protecting the public everyday
John M. Joy May 03, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Um, actually per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are lots of professions riskier than police officer. See Chart 3 on Page 5: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf Not that it isn't risky - it is, far more so than my occupation - but if risk is to be the dominating criterion for pay level, it is something for the sake of comparison.
Joe Blow May 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Hmmmmmmm, the "war on crime" doesn't seem to be working out too well, does it? The police are a response unit, they are not there to stand guard over me or my property 24/7. It's a job and they get paid, just like I do. I take risks from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. With God willing, I'll make another day. Life Expectancy Total American deaths in Vietnam for all services (including accidents and illness as well as combat) were around 52,000 spread out for the most part over a ten year period. The fact is though that life expectancy varied by service and assignment. An Air Force Supply Clerk assigned to Ton San Nhut Air Base probably had a miniscule chance of being killed whereas a Marine officer leading a platoon fighting in Hue City in 1968 probably had very reduced chances. I served in Viet Nam in 1967-1968. I think the average age of the troops who served was in their early 20's. I was only 21 years old when I was sent over. Most of the men were drafted -- right after high school -- if you weren't in college you were eligible for service. I have herd for a machine gunner the life expectancy in battle was 8 sec. I heard "from a general who fought in vietnam" He said the life expectancy was 16 MINUTES!! From a point man - Walked point every third day for nearly ten months. Saw five other point men killed or wounded. The odds were six to ten missions or about two months.
Craig Zac May 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Joe... that war had to be friggin scarey as hell... what about the platoon leaders? I heard their life expectancy was really short also, the VC would try to zap the person closest to the radio man which was supposedly, usually the leader or some other troop coordinator. Then theyd go for the radio guy himself in hope of hitting the radio to cut off communications with the rear.
Craig Zac May 11, 2012 at 01:02 PM
cops should be given a bit of a raise but really, it is a job, they decide to become police officers. But i do understand its probably the pay and benefits that would make people want to become a cop and have to deal with a public thats getting more rude, more freaky and more reckless than ever. I mean, I wouldnt want that job for under 6 figuers a year... heck no. (Maybe some of the more highly paid politicians could take a cut to give more to the police..?)


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