Gov. Rick Scott proposing 5% pay raise for all state law enforcement officers in 2017

Posted at 7:03 AM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 09:58:26-05

Governor Scott is proposing a pay raise for all state law enforcement officers starting next year.

The proposal, released by Scott’s office last week, will include sworn officials in eight different state agencies, encompassing nearly 4,000 people.

If approved, it will increase starting salaries for patrolmen by approximately $120 per month.

In a statement, Scott calls it a deserved reward after a tough year for law enforcement across the state. Scott specifically mentions response by officers to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting, two hurricanes and a tropical storm.

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This will require about $11.7 million of the 2017-2018 budget to go towards the salary increases.

Correction workers in state prisons are not included in the groups that would receive raises under the current proposal.

That group consists of over 20,000 workers statewide, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website.