I retired from the Raleigh Police Department in 2006. I wanted to continue working in law enforcement. I joined the State Capitol Police Department that same year. That agency was very underpaid and still is. Officers were making less than $30,000 a year.
Just prior to the 2008 elections, Pat McCrory agreed to meet with 15 members of the SCPD. McCrory walked into the room in front of 15 officers, who are also voters. The first thing he asked was, “What do you want?” We politely told him, “Decent pay for law enforcement work.” He looked us in the eyes and said, “Guys/gals, the state of N.C. is broke. There is no money to give you a raise.”
When a politician looks 15 voters in the eyes and tells them what they do not want to hear, that is the man I want leading this state. McCrory was a class act then and still is today. Wow, an honest politician who doesn’t pander.