Budget talks are under way and San Diego’s police union is pushing for across-the-board raises for officers.

The San Diego Police Officers Association argues 10 percent compensation hikes are essential to attract new officers and keep current ones from taking jobs elsewhere.

In the latest edition of Fact Check TV, Scott Lewis and I analyzed a series of statementsthe union has made as it vies for increased pay and benefits. They touched on officer pay, retention and the investment cost associated with each new officer.

The claims appeared in a packet the union has shared with City Council members, District 4 City Council candidates and residents.

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Lisa Halverstadt is a reporter at Voice of San Diego. Know of something she should check out? You can contact her directly at lisa.halverstadt@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0528.

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