RCPD to see 1.5% pay hike

By Katherine Wartell

Riley County Law Board members agreed on an $18 million 2014 budget Monday that includes a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment for full-time salaries, as well as room for a new custodial position.

Board members selected that proposed budget by a 4-3 vote over another that contained a 1.8 percent cost of living adjustment. Wynn Butler, Ron Wells, Bob Boyd and Dave Lewis comprised the majority, while Barry Wilkerson, Chairperson John Matta and Rich Jankovich supported the 1.8 percent increase.

Board members praised the department for its work on the budget. In an earlier statement, RCPD Director Brad Schoen said the budget would not result in an increase from the current 28.657 mill city and 6.820 mill county levies.

During Monday’s law board meeting, Capt. Tim Hegarty also briefed board members on a possible site for a new range and training facility. Officials are debating between working with the owner of the current range site or building a new one.

Using the latter option, Hegarty presented a six-phase plan that would involve construction on an 81-acre plot of land already owned by the county. Hegarty estimated construction costs at $1.5 million, though that figure is not considered firm.

Also Monday, Capt. Jeff Hooper said the department has joined the national Volunteers in Police Service program (VIPS).

The program was established in 2002 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and Hooper said thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country and internationally use volunteers to supplement public safety and crime prevention efforts.

The volunteers, he said, do not replace employees, but offer support to allow agencies to provide additional services, maintain positive relationships with the public, and free up employees’ time for other duties.

Hooper said the department particularly needs help with its administrative department. He said Riley County Police Department V.I.P.S volunteers will perform administrative/clerical, maintenance, janitorial, language interpretation, and photography/videographer services and other duties as needs arise.

Volunteers working in the police department will be required to pass a criminal background check, complete the Department’s Citizens Academy, be at least 21 years of age, and be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours a month.

Applications can be picked up at the Riley County Police Department or filled out online at http://www.rileycountypolice.org.

Those interested in more information can contact Captain Jeff Hooper, the VIPS coordinator, at (785)-537-2112, ext. 1360, or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Roxanne Peterson, RMS technician, at (785)-537-2112, ext. 3076, or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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