Roanoke County leaders consider raising officer pay after losing nearly 20% of department this year

26 officers left department in 2020

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Roanoke County leaders are springing into action as the police department deals with record shortages.

Just this year, the department has lost 26 officers. That’s double what they’ve lost in years past.

“26 is darn close to 20% of our workforce out in a year and you know we still have another five weeks left of the year,” Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall said.

Hall told 10 News it boils down to the current climate and compensation.

“We don’t have a lot of control over the politics of all this. We do have control over how we compensate our officers,” Hall said.

That responsibility falls on the Board of Supervisors, which is now taking action. First, the board voted last week to give all officers a one-time $1,500 bonus.

“This is just a first step,” Hall said.

Next, the board will look at restructuring the pay scale.

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