Prince William County is adding financial incentives to attract and retain experienced first responders in an effort to stem the flow of qualified police and fire personnel to neighboring localities.
County Executive Christopher Martino briefed the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday about his plans to boost the annual retention bonus offered to public safety workers with at least two years of experience, and to add a $3,000 signing bonus to county contracts starting on Dec. 1, to lure personnel with certain types of training.
“This is not the answer to everything, but it is a small step to address the issues we identified last spring,” Martino said.The board directed county staff to study the issue while assembling the budget for fiscal 2017, and Martino said they discovered that 89 percent of all emergency workers who left the county over the last three years did so within their first nine years of service. In all, the police department lost 67 people in that period, while the fire and rescue department lost 41…
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