Since 2010 Florida has lost 993 Highway troopers

Since 2010 Florida has lost 993 Highway troopers

I know that you

all are tired

of

my picking on our

Florida Government.

However,

if it

looks,

walks

and

squawks

like a duck!

So,

here goes

another one.

Florida has shown the world

that its government

does not

‘Respect Our First Responders’!

http://pasileylfloridanews.blogspot.com/

It least since 2010

when it elected

Republican Rick Scott as Governor of Florida.

Number of Florida Troopers

(Highway Patrol Troopers),

decline since 2010.

http://www.officer.com/news/12338648/florida-highway-patrol-facing-trooper-shortage

Florida lost 1/2 of its workforce Miami Herald Reported

Starting salary since 2006 is $34,000 a year.

The Associated Press

The number of speeding tickets issued by the Florida Highway Patrol has dropped for three straight years as the agency deals with a shortage of troopers.

Col. Gene Spaulding tells the Miami Herald the agency has lost 993 troopers — or about half of its workforce — to retirement or resignation since 2010.

Spaulding says the agency does what it can to provide public safety, patrolling areas that include Interstates 4, 75 and 95 in the nation’s third most populated state that also doubles as a tourist destination.

The Herald cites low pay as a possible reason for high turnover.

A starting trooper in Florida makes about $34,000, the same wage that’s been in effect since 2005. In Mississippi, starting pay for a trooper is $38,000 and $47,000 in Louisiana.

Meantime, Spaulding said the agency does what it can to provide public safety, patrolling areas that include Interstates 4, 75 and 95 and Florida’s Turnpike in the nation’s third most populated state that also doubles as a tourist destination.

The Herald cited low pay as a possible reason for high turnover. A starting trooper in Florida makes about $34,000, the same wage that’s been in effect since 2005. In Mississippi, starting pay for a trooper is $38,000 and $47,000 in Louisiana.

It’s been three years since the last pay raise for most of state law enforcement. The $82.4 billion budget passed this year by the Florida Legislature includes a 5 percent raise. Even so, the salaries will remain behind troopers in surrounding states. And, the Herald noted, local police and sheriff agencies are luring troopers with pay increases. In Miami-Dade County, for example, the starting salary is over $50,000.

http://saintpetersblog.com/florida-highway-patrol-dealing-trooper-shortage/

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