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Police deserve more respect



Published: Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Police deserve more respect

I am so tired of everyone put- ting down public employees as if they deserve to pay and suffer more in the economic downturn than anyone else. Has anyone bothered to really look at what most public employees make? Well its not as much as most people think; most make less than the average blue collar worker in the private sector. Yes, they do have pension plans but so do private sector workers, and just like them, they pay into their pension.

As far as police officers (who I can speak of first hand as I have several in my family), most work more than one job to make enough to support their families.

I keep hearing how the public employees should take cuts like the taxpayers. Well public employees pay taxes too, and now thanks to our wonderful government they are paying higher taxes than some wealthy business owners. In addition, they work holidays, shifts and weekends without overtime pay. How many private sector employees work holidays and weekends? Not many. Even WalMart is closed on Christmas.

Police officers have taken the brunt of pay freezes, concessions, and most are currently working with outdated equipment and vehicles putting them at even greater risk than the job already places them in but are still expected to continue on. Private sector workers would strike under these conditions, however, public employees cannot strike. They must grin and bear it.

Everyone wants to tell them how to do their job and quit whining. Everyone thinks they know better than the police.

When I was young, wearing a police uniform was an honorable thing and they were respected for their sacrifice. Today, they are disrespected, criticized, treated like lower class citizens by the government and society alike. Well, keep knocking them down and you soon won’t have men and women willing to do the job. Then who will you call when you need help? Maybe you should call Gov. Kasich.

James R. McKee, Austintown


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1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Well no matter what they get paid, they chose to take on that job. We as ppl deserve respect.

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2retiredandtired(8 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Yes, Fox people do deserve respect and yes they chose that job and should be compensated for it. Remember they are people too and they deserve respect. It seems like its okay that they chose that job but are bashed for receiving any type of deserved compensation and criticized for any benefits received. Yet, those who criticize that Police Officers receive too much chose to do whatever job they do. Shouldn't they have to live with that decision?? Its seems to me there is a double standard.

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3oakiedoky(6 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The author of this article really needs to do his research!!!

I agree foxyglo!

Average federal salaries exceed average private-sector pay in 83% of comparable occupations. Overall, federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 , NOT INCLUDING the $40,785 per federal employee in pension, health insurance and other benfits compared to the private sectors average salary of $60,046 and only $9,882 in benefits.

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4retiredandtired(8 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Oakiedoky,
First of all most law enforcement are state or local employees not federal employees. As far as your statistics go, the average private sector employee makes $60,046.00. Well statistics also show that the average salary for Police/Sheriff's Deputies is $46,083.00. Do the math, and they put their lives on the line for people like you and me who aren't willing to be injured or die for someone else. In addition, most are required to have a college degree now in addition to their specialized training. I can also tell you that some of the Sheriff's Deputies I know from Mahoning County this past year barely made over $32,000.00 after being with the Department for 17 years. So maybe you should do your research!

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5mrtb74(14 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Our new governor is an idiot

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