30% Jump in Six-Figure Salaries in D.C. Police Department
(Washington Examiner) — The number of D.C. police officers getting six-figure salaries has risen sharply in the past four years even as the number of sworn officers patrolling city streets has fallen to a level Chief Cathy Lanier called troubling. The police department is paying 81 members at least $110,000 annually, for a near 30 percent increase of six-figure earners since 2007, when the department had 63. Lanier became chief in January 2007. She told the D.C. Council last week that the department has 3,879 sworn officers and many are expected to retire in coming months. There’s no cash in the city’s tight budget to hire more, she said. “Once we go below 3,800, we’re going to have trouble,” Lanier testified. That reduction in street officers comes as the city has seen a bump in crime. Property theft has gone up in the first 2 1/2 months of 2011, the Washington Post reported.