CHP salaries are fair for the dangers and duties officers face

Published: Friday, Jul. 26, 2013 - 7:07 am

Re "Don't link CHP salaries to pay of big city cops" (Editorials, July 24): So according to The Bee's editorial board, "There is little reason why pay of CHP officers should be based on what police earn in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland or San Francisco, or in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department."

The following are the numbers of the line-of-duty deaths of the aforementioned law enforcement agencies: LAPD, 203; San Diego PD, 32; Los Angeles sheriff, 94; Oakland PD, 51; San Francisco PD, 203: California Highway Patrol, 227

The editorial is right when its says that working as a cop in big cities is different than "patrolling the freeways." Looking at the aforementioned numbers, patrolling the freeway is inherently more dangerous. We patrol the same cities; regardless of the decals on the patrol car, both are equally dangerous. Why should the pay not be equal?

-- Mike Maucieri, West Sacramento

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