Law Enforcement: High Risk, Low Pay

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Law enforcement risking their lives every day and not getting much pay in return.

It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

Police officers- putting their lives at risk every day- but paid very little- and low pay could affect your safety.

“It’s a nationwide problem throughout the United States,” Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley said. “Law enforcement are underpaid, it’s hard to retain people. They want to go get jobs that pay more.”

The low pay is especially apparent in Fayette County. Sheriffs deputies salary’s start out at roughly 33 thousand dollars- compare that to the city police departments like the one in oak hill… Where officers start out at 40 000.

“There’s police officers doing the same work that we are that are not compensated as well as we are and I believe they should be,” Oak Hill Police Chief Mike Wisman said.”

Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley says his men and women are paid so little, that some of them are juggling two or three jobs. just to make some extra cash.

The Fayette County Commission saying they understand the frustration- and are trying to work on a solution.

“We recognize that they deserve a pay raise,” Fayette County commissioner Denise Scalph said. “We have that as a top priority to look into that.”

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