Military Hires Civilian Cops

Beginning next year, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in Jacksonville will be hiring nearly 400 civilians to replace its military police officers.

Some are concerned this will lead some of Jacksonville's experienced crime fighters to switch jobs. A lieutenant or captain that currently works for the police pulls in around $42,000 to $51,000 a year. That equivalent position on base could net a salary of $74,000.

Camp Lejeune says the military police they have now will be reassigned to other duties. The city of Jacksonville says this is a tough issue because increasing the pay of police officers may also mean increasing taxes.

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