The San Diego Police Department has a retention problem.
At least that’s what the San Diego Police Officers Association argues in a packet it has shared with City Council members, District 4 candidates and residents as it begins negotiating a new contract with city leaders.
The 13-page document makes a series of claims about the status of the police force and officer pay. Union leaders aren’t hiding their motives. They argue the city must increase officers’ total compensation by 10 percent this year to attract new officers and keep current ones from leaving and taking other jobs.