Cops and the Minimum Wage

Utah Gryphon

Some of the people I follow on Twitter have been making the following observation: if a burger flipper is paid $15/hr plus benefits, they will be making the nearly the same as a cop who risks his life and has to endure lots of training.

It’s a fair observation. If fast food workers make what cops make, why would a cop risk his life and put up with all the hassle of it? Clearly the cop’s wage would have to be raised or else one of several bad things happens. Cops would leave for easier, equally well paying work; they would quit or retire; or they would stay because they love the job, but suffer from morale problems as their earning power dwindles and their colleagues go elsewhere.

At some point, police departments would have to raise the wages of their employees or else they would have an empty, ineffective…

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