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LAPD Gets New Contract for 10K Rank-and-File Officers

The starting salary would increase by $7,000 -- to about $57,000 -- starting in January 2015.

LAPD Gets New Contract for 10K Rank-and-File Officers

Los Angeles city officials announced today they have reached a tentative labor agreement with the union that represents about 10,000 rank-and-file police officers.

"I'm very pleased we have reached a fiscally responsible tentative agreement that maximizes the deployment of our police officers and ensures that the LAPD remains competitive and able to recruit the best officers to maintain our historic low crime levels," Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Representatives from the Los Angeles Police Protective League declined to comment on the labor talks.

City officials did not release details of the tentative agreement. However, a source familiar with the labor negotiations said the agreement would not include cost-of-living increases for most employees, but would raise starting annual salaries by $7,000 -- to about $57,000 -- beginning in January 2015.

The proposed contract would also increase the amount the city would pay in overtime from an initially budgeted $30 million to $70 million, according to the source.

The city would also start paying down overtime that was banked over the past few years, the source said.

The tentative contract would extend a labor pact that expired last night.

"I am very satisfied with the agreement we've struck with our police officers and the Police Protective League," City Council President Herb Wesson said. "This contract should be a major boost to recruitment, retention and morale for what I believe is the finest police force in the nation."

--City News Service

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