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City of Savannah considering salary raises to retain Metro police officers

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah's city manager appears ready to open the cash drawer a little wider if it means keeping Metro police officers from jumping ship. 

This information comes ahead of the merger agreement, ending in February. It's a move that could cost the city a lot of money. 

Public safety continues to be the number one priority for the city of Savannah, and with that, the city is paying attention to what other agencies are paying their officers. The city manager's message is to do what he thinks is fair and equitable. A certified Metro police officer salary starts at $39,230. We are seeing other agencies pay more, like Georgia State Patrol starting troopers off with a yearly salary of $46,422. 

We spoke to City Spokeswoman, Michelle Gavin, and she said with the possible creation of a new police department, they don't want to see a large turnover. She also told us what the city has to consider while making these decisions. 

"One of the things you have to look at is the city of Savannah invests a lot of time and money and resources into training officers. It costs about $75,000 per officer to get them fully-trained and ready to go on the street, so it makes much more sense for us to look at raising salaries than training new officers," Gavin said. 

SCMPD has seen a decline in applications since January, but the city stressed to us that they are still receiving the quality applications they need. 

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