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Nashville FOP launches campaign for police raises

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Metro police officers want more and they're making a vocal and public appeal to get it.

The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police lodge have started running TV commercials asking for more money.

With a total of $9 million needed, who would pay for the raises?

Metro County said they would love to make the raise happen, but can't.

Now the FOP is calling for back up.

First it was billboards. Now, for the first time ever, the FOP has launched a television ad campaign they call "Here. It. Now."

The police's union is asking for 3 percent raises across the board.

Compared to other cities its size, like Oklahoma City and Charlotte, the Metro Police Department employees make more than the median.

According to FOP President Rob Weaver, it needs to be better.

"We don't settle for the median," said Weaver. "We shouldn't compensate at the median."

The 3 percent raise would cost the city $9 million.

Ronnie Steine, the Metro Council Budget Committee chairman, said that 3 percent isn't feasible. He calls it his main regret.

Steine said that out of the police department's 7,500 employees, 5,000 will already be getting an incremental increase or open range raise.

He said in July police would be getting a 0.5 percent increase, but in January that would bump up to 1 percent.

The ads will air until the budget passes. The next budget hearing is Tuesday night.

The Fraternal Order of Police is encouraging citizens to contact their council members, saying 3 percent equals a safer city.

"We have delivered a superior product for the citizens we serve," said Weaver. "We want to continue to be competitive with our peers and lead as the law enforcement that we are."

According to Steine, Metro's total proposed budget is $1.8 billion. Metro Schools receive 45 percent of that number while 20 percent goes to public safety, the city's police and fire departments.

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