Deputies with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office are seeking a salary increase. The pay increase would mean pay parity with the Texarkana Texas Police Department. T.T.P.D. officers are paid significantly more than deputies with B.C.S.O..
Members of the B.C.S.O. announced the proposal with a Press Release:
The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is seeking pay parity with the Texarkana TX Police Department. Bowie County Deputies are paid significantly lower salaries to perform essentially identical duties. Under the current salary schedule, deputies receive no increases in pay from the date of hire; no matter the years of service. We have 15-20 year deputies making exactly the same amount as a new hire. As a Department, the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is paid an average of 31% less than both Texarkana Police Departments. In addition, the cities receive Educational pay incentives, Certification level incentives, Longevity pay, Shift Differential pay, as well as K9 and Field Training Officer stipends. The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the citizens of Bowie County for their support in the past and we certainly seek your continued support in this endeavor. We will be filing a “Petition to Increase Salaries” as defined in Local Government Code 152.072. The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office employees are currently collecting signatures seeking Bowie County voter support for presentation of the petition to the Commissioners Court. We would like to clarify that we completely support the Bowie County Judge and Commissioners and fully understand the difficult task of operating the County budget. We certainly welcome their involvement and hope to have their support. No matter the outcome, the Bowie County Sheriff’s Department will continue to provide professional law enforcement to the citizens of this area.