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MCA Continues its Advocacy for Improved Public Safety

Published on 10/12/2022

On May 10, the Board of Supervisors voted to give raises as low as 4.01% to some police officers and to give average public safety raises of 9%.


This spring, other federal, state and local government police departments and agencies gave larger raises to their rank and file public safety workers.  When the MCA compiled data on public safety salaries at different pay grades, Fairfax County Police Department salaries were in the bottom quintile to bottom third for rank and file police officers. 


Fairfax County’s Chief of Police declared a personnel emergency on July 28, 2022, after the police department was unable to fill over 180 vacant positions.  Under the longer shifts implemented as part of that personnel emergency, police are required to work 12.5-hour shifts with mandatory overtime.


On October 11, 2022, the Board of Supervisors voted not to dedicate any of the FY 2022 Carryover package to pay retention bonuses to current police officers.  Instead, the Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 to use the $199 million General Fund balance in FY 2022 Carryover for the purposes contained in the initial Carryover recommendations, plus $7.5 million to build restrooms at fifteen (15) FCPS high school athletic fields, and $2.06 million for signing bonuses to a wide range of county workers, not limited to police vacancies.

To read the MCA resolution, click here - Police Retention Bonus Resolution.