ARIZONA NEWS

Penzone: ‘Bidding wars’ for law enforcement hires is not a solution

Jan 13, 2022, 2:30 PM
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)...
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone worries that recruitment efforts in local law enforcement has led to “bidding wars” that will do more harm than good.

“We’re kind of robbing Peter to pay Paul,” Penzone told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Thursday.

“We need to start recruiting out of state so that we’re not stealing from each other. We will not be strong if one agency pays more and draws people to go there, away from another agency. We are all intertwined in this county and in the state.”

Law enforcement across metro Phoenix and the nation has come under under scrutiny following public calls for more accountability in policing actions in the months after several officer-related deaths of minorities.

Some police agencies in the Valley have been offering thousands of dollars in incentives for lateral hires and new recruits.

Last fall, the Glendale Police Department announced it would pay in-state lateral officers a $10,000 bonus.

Around the same time, the Phoenix Police Department announced it would pay a $7,500 bonus to signees and the Mesa Police Department promoted a $5,000 bonus for certain hires.

The Peoria Police Department has advertised $6,000 in incentive pay for lateral, experienced officers.

The Tempe Police Department launched a recruiting program last summer that included a $5,000 signing bonus for lateral officers and $3,500 for new officers.

Maricopa County recently listed a $3,000 signing bonus for sheriff department detention officers.

“We have a deterioration in our ability to recruit and retain employees because it’s become a less appealing profession due to a lot of factors, that include … demonization [and] the safety issues,” Penzone said.

“This state, more than any other, should be thriving when we look at opportunities for employment and law enforcement should be the tip of the spear because you can’t thrive in a community if you’re not a safe community.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)...
Jim Cross

Arizona’s nation-leading home prices should slow down in 2023, economist says

Even though Arizona has topped the nation in home prices for 30 straight months, there are signs of relief, a Valley economist said.
11 hours ago
Empty shelves were found at a Kroger grocery store on March 13, 2020, in Grosse Ile, Michigan. Some...
KTAR.com

Arizona’s COVID-19 pandemic began with single case 2 years ago Wednesday

Two years ago Wednesday, Arizona reported its first confirmed case of what is now known as COVID-19.
11 hours ago
A group of people from Haiti stand at a gap in the U.S.-Mexico border wall after having traveled fr...
Kevin Stone

Border Patrol union leader says morale ‘in the tank’ after trying year

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said agent morale is “in the tank” after a year in which the number of migrant encounters soared.
11 hours ago
(File Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Pop-up clinic in Phoenix on Saturday to have free COVID-19 tests, vaccines and protective gear

A pop-up clinic in Phoenix on Saturday will have free COVID-19 tests and vaccines, as well as protective gear to help curb the spread of the virus.
11 hours ago
(Arizona Commerce Authority Rendering)...
KTAR.com

Air treatment system manufacturer to build new headquarters in metro Phoenix

Air treatment system manufacturing company XNRGY announced Monday it would be building a headquarters in metro Phoenix and create more than 900 jobs over time.
11 hours ago
Melani and Rob Walton with their Italian Greyhounds Lulu and Jazzy (Photo by Allison Jones)...
Danny Shapiro

Arizona Humane Society gets $5 million gift from son of Walmart founder for new campus

The Arizona Humane Society has received a $5 million gift from the eldest son of the founder of Walmart for its new metro Phoenix campus.
11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
ENVOQUE MD

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
...
Canvas Annuity

Annuity basics: how to retire with a guaranteed paycheck for life

Does the thought of retirement fill you with stress or with happiness? Everyone wants to spend their retirement in a way that brings them the most joy, whether that’s traveling the world or spending extra time at home with grandkids.
...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
Penzone: ‘Bidding wars’ for law enforcement hires is not a solution