CLAYTON, Mo. — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says his department will be able to hire and retain officers more easily after the county council’s action approving a big pay raise for police.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the council on Tuesday unanimously approved an increase that will average about 30 percent per officer. The money comes from a ballot measure approved by voters in April. The measure is for patrol officers and sergeants only. A final vote on raises for higher ranking officers is expected later this year.

Dozens of officers with 10 years of experience still earn $48,256 in base pay. Those officers will see their base pay jump to $68,848.

The county employs 850 officers.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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