NYPD officers get raises

August 21, 2008 12:33:20 PM PDT
New York Police officers have negotiated a tentative new contract that gives police raises of 17 percent over four years.It is the first Patrolmen's Benevolent Association contract in more than 10 years that has not had to be decided by a state arbitration panel.

The new deal is retroactive to Aug. 1, 2006. It runs to July 31, 2010.

Maximum pay goes from about $65,500 to $76,000.

That increase, a little more than four percent a year, is in line with what other uniformed unions have recently accepted.

But more importantly, the starting salary in the fourth year of the deal is expected to exceed $40,000.

The new contract comes on the heels of a recent ruling by a state arbitration panel that raised the starting salaries for rookies from $25,100 to $35,881.

The $25,100 starting salary was roundly derided as contributing to the department's decreasing enrollment.

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