BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a new proposal that would give pay incentives to new Baton Rouge police officers.

The proposal announced Wednesday by Mayor Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul would provide recruitment and retention pay incentives to new hires in 2023. According to Mayor Broome, incremental payments totaling $10,000 will be offered to non-post certified new hires and $15,000 to post-certified new hires who complete the 2023 police academy and maintain one-year employment.

“The purpose of this recruitment and retention incentive pay is to attract qualified new police officers and current post-certified officers to bolster our ranks at the Baton Rouge Police Department. This effort is in addition to the 13% across the board pay increase for all sworn officers, the pay increase for entry level officers, and the continuous investment of over $44 million in public safety equipment since 2017.” said Mayor Broome. “This proposal will add even more resources to our public safety efforts.”

In August, the Metro Council approved $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to recruit and retain officers.

The proposal will be considered for adoption by the Metro Council on Dec. 13.