San Jose is considering a couple of plans to discourage new police recruits from defecting to other cities after nearly half of September's class of new officers took jobs in other cities.
San Jose estimated it paid about $170,000 to train each new officer.
One plan, to be debated next week, calls for police recruits to pay for their training with zero-interest loans. The city would pay most of the loan in the first few years of a recruit's career.
But, should a recruit quit to join a different department, he or she would be responsible for paying the balance of training costs-- with interest.
Added incentive to stay in San Jose would come from scheduled pay raises.