WVC Police now hiring after several officers accept early retirement packages

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – West Valley City Police are putting out the 'Help Wanted' signs.

Nearly 20 officers have retired in recent weeks, and now, the city is looking to fill those positions. West Valley City Police says 19 officers are accepting early retirement packages. That’s about 10 percent of the workforce.

Bruce, a West Valley City resident and retired cop who wanted to remain anonymous, says he believes morale is low and officers in West Valley City are stretched thin.

“You’re short-handed to begin with, now you have these policemen that retired. So...what are you going to be hiring? You’re going to be hiring a bunch of rookies. And it takes at least five to six years for a rookie to get any experience under his belt,” he said.

West Valley City Police Spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said the retirement package was a standard incentive offered to all city employees.

She said it gives other employees a chance to move up and new employees a chance to join the department.

“This retirement incentive has really created an opportunity for a lot of people to be able to move up into positions that they have been very highly qualified for,” she said. “This is a very common practice. You know, if you have someone who’s worked for a place for a very long time, they’re close to retirement anyway, this might be attractive for them.”

The retirement package includes three month’s pay and extended healthcare. However, Bruce believes the loss of veteran officers in the short term, will have long term consequences.

“I don’t think they have enough guys to back themselves,” he said. “There’s not enough of them out there.”

Vainuku said they should have the department fully staffed again by the fall. Most of the officers who are retiring will be leaving by the end of August. She said they've been receiving applications and should be able to fill shifts until they can hire and train the new employees.

4 comments

  • ANOTHERBOB

    When West Valley City was created in 1980 they hired all the problem officers other agencies didn’t want. They’ve never been on par with other police departments.

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  • leave blank

    I just love this part “Bruce, a West Valley City resident and retired cop who wanted to remain ANONYMOUS, says he believes morale is low and officers in West Valley City are stretched thin.

  • FReagan

    I agree with “Bruce”. I am fully aware that for many years, WVCPD and WVCFD have been horribly understaffed. Their calls for service are constantly stacked, and many of the calls are priority calls with no one to respond to them, or no one to provide back up. I feel that the City’s “incentive” is purely to replace the senior officers/detectives with lower salaried new cops. The huge problem will be losing many years of experience and knowledge and of course the entire transition period that this happens in. WVC government continues to think their “small little city” doesn’t need help from additional officers. The city is living in denial. There is a significant service load in their city but staffing is well below what is needed, or what is safe.

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