Dothan Police Officers With College Degrees to Get Higher Salaries

By: Alex Zequeira Email
By: Alex Zequeira Email

Dothan police officers with a college may soon see a substantial increase in their yearly salary.

On Monday, the Dothan’s Personnel Board approved a measure to increase the pay for sworn law enforcement officers, based on the kind of college degree they have.

Officers with an associate’s degree will get a 2.5% pay increase, police officers with a bachelor's degree will make 5% more each year, and officers with a master’s degree could see up to additional 7.5% increase in their annual pay.

The pay increase is expected to affect approximately 49 sworn officers at the Dothan Police Department. Some police officers who don’t have college degrees are now considering going back to school to graduate and take advantage of the supplemental pay program.

Dothan Police Chief John Powell says it is still undetermined what degrees will apply to the new pay increase plan. There is still no official date for when the increases will take effect.


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  • by Carolyn Location: Dothan on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:46 PM
    I disagree with Debbie's comments listed below. All police officers DO NOT have the same training. The Police Academy training IS the same for all applicants, as well as the minimum standards that have to be met. However, additional training in degree areas such as Criminal Justice should be considered equal to an applicant with a high school education only? Not hardly! I am thrilled that the city is attempting to keep qualified officers on the Dothan Police Department by encouraging them to better themselves personally and professionally. I know for a fact that some of our officers have Criminal Justice degrees and this background is critical to their job performance. This is definitely considered to be training over and beyond the basic requirements to become a Dothan Police Officer. Don't you agree? Let's put this explanation in a way that all can understand....would you want a paramedic or a surgeon to perform your next major medical procedure? Obviously, you would rely on the expertise of the individual who had the most training and education to handle such a delicate matter. Granted, both individuals have a vast knowledge of medicine and medical procedures....but is the training considered the same??? Should a paramedic and a surgeon make the same salary? Once again, I am glad that the efforts of these men and women are finally paying off for them in this thankless occupation! Dothan Police Department---you have my respect! Thank you!
  • by Stacey Location: Dothan on Jul 10, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Community Service workers are never paid enough. It is an incentive to those without degrees to continue their education and it is right to pay those with related degrees more.
  • by DEBBIE Location: DOTHAN on Jul 10, 2007 at 05:51 AM
    THIS IS VERY UNFAIR TO THE OTHER OFFICERS ON THE FORCE WHO ARE DOING THE SAME JOB. WHAT DOES A COLLEGE DEGREE HAVE TO DO WITH THE JOB THEY ARE DOING? THEY ALL WENT THROUGH THE SAME TRAINING.
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