City Manager Bruce Moore has altered a $5,000 new recruit bonus for Little Rock police officers that drew criticism when two recruits quit the force after drawing the bonus and working for only a few months.

The situation was highlighted by City Board candidate Russ Racop.


Under the new policy, a recruit who leaves in the first year of employment must repay the $5,000 and a recruit who leaves in the second year must repay $2,500.

Moore’s memo on the change noted that only two recruits had left after completing training in the last three classes of recruits. The rule won’t apply to those who signed up for the recruit class beginning this month because, Moore said, they were already recruited.


Here’s his memo.