Lawrence police officers proposed a wage increase Tuesday during the opening round of labor negotiations with city officials.
Representatives from the Lawrence Police Officers Assn., which represents nonsupervisory police officers, started formal discussions with city administrators at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.
"On the whole, this proposal is reasonable," said Rod Bremby, the city's lead negotiator in discussions. "It's very well-researched. ... I believe it's something we can work through in fairly short order."
Bremby would not release details of the association's proposal. Peyton Robinson, the lead representative for the LPOA, was unavailable for comment this morning.
The agreement will cover working conditions, wages and other compensation, including health insurance, for officers beginning Jan 1.
The next meeting, which will be closed to the public, will be at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th.