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New program provides pay increase for Jacksonville police officers

The number of years an officer is eligible for the pay raises varies slightly based on experience. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Room in the budget will give Jacksonville Police officers some extra money in their future.

A program called the Police Pay Step Plans offers a yearly pay raise for about 15 years. The number of years an officer is eligible for the pay raises varies slightly based on experience.

For the first five years, an officer receives a yearly salary increase of $500. After the fifth year, the raise bumps up to $1,000. The raises are used as incentive to stay with the department.

Chief Mike Yaniero said this is important because it makes the department more effective and efficient.

"Obviously an officer that has 5-10 years experience we don't want to lose those to another agency," Yaniero said.

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