WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - Police officers in Whiteville will now have to reimburse the city for the amount the city has spent on training and uniforms for them if they don’t stay for two years.
City council unanimously passed the policy Monday night. According to the report presented to council by the police department, the department has trained several officers in recent years, only to then lose them to larger agencies that pay better. The report said the city will have invested almost $11,000 in that officer, “only to get hardly any return on their position with the agency.”
This new policy outlines a two-year commitment for new hires. If the officer doesn’t uphold that commitment, he or she will have to reimburse the city the amount of money it has spent on equipment, training, and uniforms based on how many months they worked for the department.
The policy does not apply if the city “renders a written release of the obligation,” or if the officer’s “appointment is rescinded, revoked or terminated prior to the expiration of the two year period," according to the report.