They fight crime, they fight flames, and together they protect and serve Lubbock. Now they'll be getting a pay raise, and that's something Officer Larry Barnhill says they deserve. "I would say we do, you put your life on the line everyday, you come out here more than most people do," says Barnhill.
Barnhill says he hopes the extra money will serve as an incentive for others to join the police force and help make our community safer. "We still have some break-ins sometimes, can't leave the house, you're scared to open your door." Viree Palmer says she wants a clean neighborhood.. And with more police on the streets that might happen," says Palmer with the Windmill Neighborhood Association.
The city approved pay raise do come at the expense of a 1 cent tax cut and Texas Libertarian Party Chairman David DeLamar says he wants council to reconsider. "They can do both, they can increase police salaries, lower taxes, they're just going to have to look a little more in the budget to have something to cut," says DeLamar.
As for Officer Barnhill, everyday is something new. It's a dangerous and unpredictable job but definitely rewarding. "You can be stopping some little old lady driving to the store, or a guy that's robbing a 7-11. I think it's great we got a pay raise," says Officer Barnhill.
The second and final reading of next years budget is scheduled for September 17th. The public is invited to attend. The budget will become final on October 1st.