I'm not sure I understand that post.
Anyway, people always want to bitch about cops and the military - "Oh, they're overpaid! Oh, they get all these perks! Oh, they're thugs who think they can get away with anything!" Usually the bitchers would never dream of joining the military or becoming a cop because it's not lucrative or glamorous, yet they think they should get top notch talent in these fields on the cheap.
But I already had a big rant about this topic this morning, so I'm tapped out. Carry on....
The post doesn't really help shed light on if they are overpaid or not. How about salaries that don't include overtime (since presumably they will do less overtime if they are fully staffed), or at least include the average number of overtime hours. Also, what percentage of the workforce is in each category? Is it 80% Deputies? Or 80% Corporals?
From a casual glance it doesn't look like they are overpaid, and the fact that so many would be willing to move or commute to another location to work means that they are likely not paid the prevailing wage for surrounding areas.
But Maryland is weird about which critical services should be paid. If EMS and Fire is volunteer, why not Police? Is it any harder to train and certify a police officer than an EMS person? (this is just a half-joking question).