We are posting some information that we have previously compiled that sheds some light on how Vallejo police officers compare with other police departments.
United States Capitol Police Brochure
This is a brochure we prepared last year for our lobbying activity with Congress for the U.S. Capitol Police. The rationale for police pensions is discussed and there is a survey of the 30-year pension benefit offered by the 200 largest city police departments. Some of the cities required estimates, such as those with defined contribution plans. We have a model to calculate the pension cost if the funds were in a defined benefit plan. Rather than making a new document, we just posted what we have. After you read the brochure, call your members of Congress and ask them to support the U.S. Capitol Police's pension bill. Matt, Andy and the other U.S. Capitol police officers will appreciate your efforts. (Note: We can prepare something similar for your organization.)
The POLICEPAY Index - 2006
This is the last index that we prepared and measures pay as of January 1, 2006. There is a companion document that explains the index. The index has two presentations, one in nominal dollars and another that is adjusted for the local cost-of-living. The cost-of-living adjustment is very problematic. For example, Pomona (CA) is probably rated higher than they should be in the adjusted index because of the cost-of-living adjustment. The cost-of-living declines very quickly as you go East out of Los Angeles. If you are wanting to compare just agencies that are near each other, use the unadjusted index. If you are wanting to compare Vallejo to other bay area departments, use the unadjusted index.
All three of these documents can be found on the POLICEPAY.NET Web site, by going to the contract download page. They are the first three items on the listing of documents.