LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Retired officer amazed Sheriff has to beg for raise

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I am still amazed that our sheriff has to continue to beg for a pay increase for his deputies. I worked 32 years as a law enforcement officer and retired over four years ago. The begging back in my career went on and it's unreal that the need still hasn't been met. I often heard reasons such as "The money is not there," or "We would have to raise everybody else's salary." Folks, let's be honest, these are not valid reasons not to pay our law enforcement officers what they deserve to be paid; these are merely poor excuses. I even heard the excuse when I asked about it that we would have to give someone who cuts the grass a big raise if we give law enforcement one. Personally, I feel that it does a disservice to our law enforcement officers to compare other county or city jobs with the job that they do every day.

The demands on a law enforcement officer are much greater today than at any other time we have ever faced. It has even changed drastically since I retired. The chances of an officer getting killed are at an all time high. The demand that an officer be perfect is at an all time high. It was quoted in the Item that it would take a million dollars for the raises. My first thought was cut back on unnecessary spending and pay these officers. You cannot put a price on protecting our community. When you want to compare law enforcement officers with someone cutting grass, please remember a lawn mower doesn't curse you, spit on you, lie about you, or most importantly, try to shoot you. Please, county councilmen, tell your administrator to cut the fat out and give these officers the raises they need and most definitely deserve.

TOMMY BARRON

Retired Captain

Sumter