Metro Police Officers Ask For 'Fair' Raise

Metro Police Officers Ask For 'Fair' Raise

CREATED Jun 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville's operating budget was back in front of Metro Council on Tuesday night.

During public comment, Robert Weaver, the president of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police and a Metro Police officer, made their case asking council members to give officers a 3-percent salary raise.

Right now officer's raises are only set at half a percent.

Law enforcement said after years of tight budgets, it's time they finally got a fair raise.

Tina Wiggs has been a Metro Police officer for six years.

"Tonight my question is," Wiggs said addressing the council. "The police officers are the guardians of the city. We stand up and protect everyone. Who is going to stand up and protect us? You're our elected officials. We spoke to you, we asked you to support us. I ask you to support a three percent increase."

This was the second reading of the budget. Council members will continue amending the budget before its third reading.