Public Safety

Utah law enforcement enrollment is down overall, and competition for qualified officers is fierce. Over the last three years, we lost 28 experienced Ogden Police Officers to Salt Lake City/County and currently, there are over 100 open positions between Salt Lake City/County. The problem is salaries. Salt Lake City pays officers $7-10hr more than Ogden. With next year’s 200M annual budget, we are not optimizing all of our resources to bridge this salary gap. This is not a new problem and doesn’t need to be one for another four years. It is time to take better care of our officers – and by extension our communities – with restructuring the budget and refining administrative efficiencies to raise our officers pay.