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Natchez Police Chief Announces Raises
from Michelle Peyroux
September 24, 2018 -

NATCHEZ, Miss. — For the past 13 months Police Chief Walter Armstrong has been working hard with Mayor Darryl Grennell and the Board of Alderman to secure an increase in the base pay for Natchez Police Officers. 

Chief Armstrong says when he began with the department 13 months ago that the base pay for new officers was $12.18 per hour and he says that was holding them back from recruiting and retaining a needed force. 

The Chief credits the City and Board for being in tune with recruitment and retention needs and proudly announces the new base rate pay at $15.50 per hour. Non-certified recruits begin at $15 per hour and will be evaluated for increase after 6 months, giving them time to complete training. 

The 12-week-long training is a paid training with gear and transportation provided. Six weeks of the training takes place at the well respected Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Program, which meets about 3 times per year at the Pearl, MS. facility and is the same Chief Armstrong himself completed in 1984 to become a State Trooper. 

Chief Armstrong is regretful to have lost 5 or 6 officers since he has been in Natchez and says most who have left were in search of better paying positions elsewhere. The Natchez Police Department has at least 8 open positions for new officers and they hope to be training at least four recruits by January 2019.

Applications must be turned in by Friday, October 5th and are available online at and in person at the Human Resources Office at City Council Chambers, or at the WIN Job Center.

To advance to training applicants must complete a 2-hour computer test, that must be studied for, followed by a physical test on Friday, October 12th at Co-Lin Community College. 

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