California Highway Patrol officers and cadets are receiving a nearly 6 percent raise this week, a reflection of average pay increases that have gone to five other law enforcement agencies in the state.
The change, posted on the website of the California Department of Human Resources late Friday, is based on a law that requires the state to survey compensation packages provided to other law enforcement officers each fiscal year and adjust CHP wages accordingly.
The 5.9 percent raise for rank-and-file CHP officers was calculated using the average total compensation of five law enforcement agencies: the San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oakland police departments, as well as the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.
The first 4 percent will be a direct salary increase, and the rest will be allocated to pre-fund the union's health care benefits.
PHOTO: Members of the CHP San Jose paid their respects to the fallen officers, 2011. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer.