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October 25, 2004

Albany- Albany police got a chance to take their concerns about police morale and pay raises directly to city commissioners

Monday night, a room full of officers complained about low morale due to low pay. They also outlined problems with the chain of command, saying complaints about superior officers often aren't fully investigated.

They also say officers are hard to keep once they spend about three years on the force.

"And they see that the amount of money that they're going to make isn't worth the sacrifices you end up taking," Sgt. Walter Norman said to the commissioners. "You end up missing your anniversary, you miss your birthday, you miss your family coming to town, all these things."

Police officers got a $600 raise this year. Commissioners approved another $1,400, then recently changed their vote, saying the city doesn't have enough money to give the raise.

posted at 10:55 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com