Public Safety Agency Rank & Pay Plans Reversing Decline in Recruitment & Retention
Salina, Kans. -- Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) chairs the committee responsible for raises for public safety agency employees over the past year. The Kansas Highway Patrol, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Corrections officers statewide are receiving, or will receive raises designed to address problems with recruitment and retention in those agencies.
"Anyone in business can tell you that turnover and staff shortages cost more money in the long run," said Claeys. "Over the last two sessions we've improved public safety in Kansas by addressing needs across the state, and at home in Salina."
Salina is home to the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy, which just last year had a graduating class of six. The next class may set a record number of graduates at over 40.
"Together, we identified a problem and we came up with workable solutions," said Claeys. "The results are in and the package of recruitment and retention policies is working. We're delivering real solutions with real results for Salina."
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers in training are paid during their time in the academy and many live in Salina during their trianing, essentially creating a steady stream of employment through each training class.