Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters. Photo by John Schreiber.

After months of negotiations, the city of Los Angeles and the union representing its police officers announced a tentative contract agreement today that would provide cost-of-living salary increases over the next three years.

According to the city, the proposed contract would not provide any increases for 2014 or 2015, but calls for a 4 percent cost-of-living adjustment in July 2016, followed by a 2 percent increase in July 2017 and another 2 percent in January 2018.

The deal also includes a 5 percent increase in health-care subsidies, a $500 increase in the annual uniform allowance and an optional overtime buy-down and increase in cash overtime.

The contract — which still needs the approval of the union’s members, and the City Council — would run through June 30, 2018.

The current annual police salary expenditure for the city is about $990 million, and the health-care subsidy increase begins this July, city officials said.

The additional salary, health-care and uniform costs to the city are projected to be about $157.45 million over the four years of the contract, city officials said.

“We are very pleased we have negotiated a fair and responsible contract for our police officers,” a joint statement from Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson and Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally says. “The men and women of the LAPD put themselves in harm’s way to protect the people of Los Angeles every day, and this contract will allow us to continue to recruit and retain the very best police officers.

The LAPPL represents roughly 9,900 officers.

City News Service

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