Honolulu Mayor weighs in on higher than expected police pay raise

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

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Police officers represented by SHOPO are getting a pay raise that amounts to about 16.8 percent over the next four years.

The announcement was made Friday.

Saturday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell shared his views about the raise.

“I have to say this we’re the safest big city in America, that’s because of the police and the work they do foremost,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. “They catch the bad guys, turn them over to the prosecutor, and the prosecutor puts them away. We want to continue to pay them well otherwise we’re going to lose them to other jurisdictions but I have to say it was higher than we anticipated by quite a bit. We had anticipated a 4 percent increase. It’s much above that.”

The mayor and council members say they’re now faced with two options: either cut some services or increase taxes or fees.

SHOPO represents about 2,900 police officers across the state who are lieutenants and those ranked below lieutenant.

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