State Troopers Seeking First Raise Since 2002
It is one of the most demanding jobs in the workforce. A job that requires intelligence, training, physical abilities, great judgement, compassion, and a willingness to put your life on the line. The job is that of a Louisiana State Trooper. I have to admit I found it very hard to believe and totally unacceptable that Louisiana's front line officers have not been granted a pay increase since 2002. Hopefully that is about to change.
Colonel Mike Edmonson has asked for authorization from the state legislature to spend money that has been collected throughout the state for state police salaries. This money has come from fines collected from motorist who were convicted of driving with expired automobile insurance. An act by the state legislature in approved in the last session authorized the collection of the money. Col. Edmonson is now asking the legislature for authorization to spend the money for the reason it was collected.
"All we're asking of the same body that's already approved the fund is to be able to spend those dollars,"
"We have not had a pay adjustment since 2002, and now is the time.Everything I've asked my troopers to do, they have done."