Dothan police receive long awaited raises

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s been a long time coming says Chief of Police Steve Parrish as he talks about the raises that police officers are receiving.

Parrish says this is much needed.

“It’s a significant increase and what that shows is the commission commitment to make sure that we hire and retain the very best candidates that we possibly can,” Parrish said.

According to Parrish, with the amounts of cases of police brutality surfacing around the world, it has been hard keeping policemen because of it.

“We’ve had several resignations, we’ve had people that just you know uh would otherwise apply but just says look I’m just not gonna do that, I’m not gonna do it because of all that’s going on in the world around us today,” Parrish said.

Parrish says this raise will not only show the city’s appreciation for fellow police, but improve the retention rate of officers.

Many other officers shared how grateful they are of these long overdue raises.

“Especially during this time that where we can get a little increase of something to help pay for especially with the spike in prices due to the COVID-19 crisis, anything little thing could help,” Katrina Culbreath, police officer said.

Parrish is proud of the department and happy to see they pay level match the professional service they provide for the community.

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