There are over 100 vacancies in the Durham police department. Only six cadets graduated from the Durham Police Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class #55. At that rate, it will take years to fill the open roles.
In January, the Durham City Council approved a pay increase that raised the starting salary for officers in Durham from $38,511 to $42,593.
Even with that increase, it will be challenging to attract new officers. Chapel Hill ($50,000), Raleigh ($50,301), and Cary ($55,411) all pay their starting officers at least $8,000 more per year than Durham.
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