RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police officers in Richmond are hoping city council members will consider an ordinance that would provide additional funding to their department.
Officers and their families attended city hall Monday night to show support for Police Chief Alfred Durham as he pleaded for the budget increases. As they told 8News Reporter Tracey Smith, they hope council members can look at who stands behind the badge.
“I would show them my kids and say, ‘this family, we are living paycheck right now, barely making ends meet,'” said Kyra Henning attended Monday’s meeting with her family to show support for her husband, a 12-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department.
“It’s not just him, look at the families these men and women have to provide for.”
Officers like her husband, Aaron Henning, who have gone years without a pay increase.
“We didn’t take this job for the money, but we didn’t take it to think that we’re going to be living paycheck to paycheck just to make ends meet,” said A. Henning, who admitted to looking at other counties that offer higher pay but in the end decided to stay with RPD.
“It’s almost like I’m stuck, cause I have 12 years, I finally got to day shift and if I went somewhere else I would be low man on the totem pole.”
Aside from the pay, the stress that comes with the job also trickles down to the family. Trenton Henning, the oldest of four kids, said he wishes everyone would look past the uniform.
“I hope people realize that inside that vest, he’s actually a warm, hardworking father,” said A. Henning’s son, Trenton Henning. “I kind of worry for my dad. Sometimes I think what life would be like without dad and I get scared.”
The Henning family hopes that by them showing up at Monday’s meeting, along with many other officers,city council will make more of an effort to support law enforcement.
“We didn’t take this job for the money, but we didn’t take it to think that we’re going to be living paycheck to paycheck just to make ends meet.”
Now, those ordinances introduced tonight will be discussed at a public safety meeting at the end of this month.
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