Lawrence police officers will get 3 percent pay increases in each of the next two years under a tentative work agreement announced this morning.
The two-year agreement for nonsupervisory police officers and detectives, represented by the Lawrence Police Officers Assn., would go into effect Jan. 1, if formally approved by officers and the Lawrence city commission.
Commissioners will consider the agreement June 6. No date has been set for the LPOA membership to consider ratification.
"It's very workable," said Assistant City Manager Rod Bremby, who led the city's negotiation team. "I think it's a good agreement. We thought a lot about it. We think it takes care of a lot of concerns."
The LPOA represents 80 patrol officers and detectives in the department.
"It has been a very positive meeting for us," said Peyton Robinson, LPOA chairman. "I can walk away from this feeling good about what has occurred here. I feel our officers have been treated fairly."
Robinson said he expected no problems winning ratification of the agreement from LPOA members.
Among the agreement's terms:
- Life insurance coverage will increase to $20,000 per officer, up from the current $10,000 per officer.
- The cap for longevity pay, currently 20 years, will increase to 25 years.
- Sick leave accumulation would increase to 1,040 hours, up from the current 720 hours.
- Dental insurance, currently not provided, will be available to each officer. The city will pay 100 percent of the cost for officers, and 50 percent of the cost for family members.