New labor agreement between city, Fresno Police Officers Association

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new labor agreement has been reached between the city of Fresno and the Fresno Police Officers Association.

Mayor Jerry Dyer, police chief Paco Balderrama and other city leaders made the announcement Thursday.

The FPOA membership voted overwhelmingly to accept the proposed contract with a majority vote of 96%.

Highlights of the new FPOA contract include increased midnight and swing shift pay, a 3% pay increase for officers retroactive to the beginning of this fiscal year and a 3% pay increase annually for the next two years.

The new contract comes as the department has struggled to retain officers in recent years.

"I hope that this contract demonstrates clearly that this council and myself deeply appreciate officers that are out there today," Dyer said. "They put their life on the line. They give sacrificially. We want them to know that we are going to support them. I believe this contract demonstrates that."

Mayor Dyer, a former Fresno police chief, said the new contract will help make Fresno's police officers the highest paid out of all the Central Valley Police Departments.
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