Pay raises, body cameras part of agreement reached between NYC, police union

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NEW YORK — The city and NYPD union reached a tentative agreement for the first time in five years that includes higher pay for community police officers and raises for officers who wear body cameras, devices that will be mandatory for all NYPD patrol officers come 2019, city officials announced Tuesday.

For months, NYPD officers have followed Mayor Bill de Blasio's every move, rallying outside his daily workout spot and Gracie Mansion to demand a pay raise.

“This agreement is the result of many hours spent negotiating between the City and the PBA, once again demonstrating the power of collective bargaining,” said Mayor de Blasio. “It doesn’t matter how far apart the parties start; it matters where they end up. This agreement provides the compensation and benefits the world’s finest police department deserves, while outfitting the entire force with body cameras and delivering the transparency and policing reforms at the center of effective and trusted law enforcement.”

City officers have been working without a contract since 2012. Now that an agreement has been struck, all union members must vote to ratify it.

The contract includes pay raises that are retroactive five years. Those raises for the department's 23,000 rank-and-file officers are scaled as:

  • 1 percent for 2012 and 2013
  • 1.5 percent for 2014
  • 2.5 percent for 2015
  • 3 percent for 2016

Under the proposed contract, officers will get extra pay for wearing body cameras. Those devices will be mandatory for all NYPD patrol officers by the end of 2019.

“New York City police officers are no better than anyone else, but we are different. We perform the most difficult police job anywhere in the world, and the challenges and dangers we face each day continue to grow. The agreement that we announce here today recognizes those challenges and continues to move New York City police officers towards a package of compensation and benefits that is equal to our status as the finest police officers in the nation. It has been a long and arduous process, but we are grateful that Mayor de Blasio and his team sat down with us and negotiated in good faith to achieve this agreement,” said PBA President Pat Lynch.

Also part of the agreement is the union's vow to drop two lawsuits against the department, one involving body cameras and the other accusing the city of making changes to officers' health insurance plans without consulting them first.