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SCMPD fully staffed; seeing slight decline in application numbers

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

As Savannah and Chatham County move forward in dissolving the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police merger, the department remains focused on the goals and priorities of running a merged department including recruitment.

The department is now fully staffed since implementing a recruiting strategy and raising the base salary, but officials say they have seen about a 20 percent decline in the number of applications since January.

"One of the reasons why I think some of the applications have gone a little lower, Georgia State Patrol has increased their salary. They got a 20 percent increase which put their starting salary at $46,000 a year. Our starting salary is at $38,000, so we have to continue to be competitive,” said SCMPD Management Services Division Maj. Robert Gavin.

Back in 2014, the department was down 125 officers. Since then, Metro has hired more than 250 new officers and are considered overstaffed by five. That number will only offset and average attrition five to seven officers per month.

The number of monthly applications beginning January 2017 are below.  

  • Jan. 10-Feb. 9 - 67
  • Feb. 10-Mar. 9 - 57
  • Mar. 10 -Apr. 9 - 62
  • Apr. 10-May 9 - 62
  • May 10 –Jun 9 - 46
  • Jun 10 –July 9 - 50

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