Updated: August 24, 2017


THE FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SCALING BACK IT'S SERVICES DUE TO LACK OF PERSONNEL.

ACCORDING TO THE TIMES DAILY, CHIEF RON TYLER, OUTLINED THE DEPARTMENTS PERONNEL ISSUES WEDNESDAY EVENING AT THE CITY COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE.

THE FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT CURRENTLY HAS 26 VACANCIES AND HAS HAD TO DISSOLVE THE TRAFFIC DIVISION, PARK ITS MOTORCYCLES AND NO LONGER PERFORM FUNERAL ESCORTS DUE TO LACK OF OFFICERS.

THE CHIEF ADVISED THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THE DEPARTMENT FACES IS IN RECRUITING NEW OFFICERS IS THE PAY SCALE. WHEN COMPARING TO NEIGHBORING DEPARTMENTS, FLORENCE IS AT A DISADVANTAGE WITH ITS PAY AND BENEFITS.

TYLER ASKED THE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER INCREASING THE PAY SCALE, PROVIDING OFFICER WITH A SIDEARM, AND INCREASING OTHER BENEFITS TO MAKE THE JOB MORE APPEALING.