The Charlottesville Police Department wants a pay increase, and they’ve got the math to back it up. 37 people showed up at last night’s Council meeting with t-shirts declaring that the police need to be paid more, and Charlottesville Police Officers Association president Dwayne Jones pointed out that there are nine open positions in the department, evidence that the pay (which is average for the state) is insufficient to draw officers here. The high cost of living in Charlottesville presumably makes average pay less-than-tempting. Councilor Kevin Lynch pointed out that, while officers asked for a 20% increase in pay, they are getting a 12.3% increase, which isn’t bad. John Yellig has the story in today’s Progress.