Dallas Police officers and firefighters gathered at the Dallas City Hall this morning. They gathered to attend the city’s budget meeting with the intent of calling attention to their need for more remuneration. According to a statement issued by the Dallas Police Association (DPD) has been attempting to negotiate with the city manager, A.C. Gonzalez, without success for the past six months.
Now, after the tragedy of July 7, the Dallas police officers and firefighters believe it is the right time to push city leaders towards better salaries and benefits. The President of the Dallas Police Association, Don Pinkston told WFAA earlier today, “The Mayor and the city manager haven’t made a commitment to public safety, so we have to go to the council and the citizens.”
The city manager offered a plan to hire more officers and increase payments. However, the plan of better salaries are limited to apply only to a select group of officers and not to veterans. Pinkston said the proposed payment plan would not contribute significantly in the present scenario, and Dallas police officers would still be behind many North Texas cities with it.
The starting salary of a police officer in Dallas is $44.659, while the starting salary for Forth Worth and Plano are $52.176 and $63.757, respectively.