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San Jose Gives Officers 11% Raise, Esquivel Named Permanent Chief

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SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — San Jose has given its police officers an 11 percent raise in the hopes of stopping them from leaving the city for more lucrative jobs.

The City Council voted Tuesday to hand out the pay increases as well as to name its acting police chief, Larry Esquivel, to the police chief post permanently.

San Jose cops and all other city workers took a 10 percent pay cut during the recession to avert more layoffs. The city’s force is down to about 910 officers, who patrol a city of nearly a million.

Last year, the San Jose Mercury News reports, the average officer in San Jose made $111,185 in gross pay, which is in the middle of the pack for the Bay Area, and near the bottom for Silicon Valley.

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