Recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers is a major problem across Utah, with an estimated 600 open positions, according to Tom Ross, president of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.
One major contributing factor is the reduction in pensions as a result of the Tier 2 public safety retirement program. That's the less lucrative retirement system the Legislature created in 2010.
This pledge backs a new bill that aims to restore police pensions to the pre-2009 Tier 1 level with the hope that restoration would increase police recruitment, retention and morale.
-KSL's Dave & Dujanovic