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Louisville mayor, FOP reach tentative agreement on LMPD contract

The city of Louisville and the local police union have reached an agreement on a new tentative contract for the Louisville Metro Police Department that includes pay raises and disciplinary changes.The city and FOP began negotiations in January on two employment contracts: One for police officers and sergeants, which expired June 30; and another for lieutenants, which expired years ago in June 2018.The next step is a vote by FOP members to ratify the contracts and if approved, it will be followed by a Metro Council vote, with final authorization by Mayor Greg Fischer. There will be an opportunity for public comment before the council vote. The proposal will be shared with the public when delivered to union members within the next few days. The FOP vote is expected the week of Sept. 6.The mayor’s office said the proposed contracts include “significant salary increases” over the next two years for both rank-and-file officers and mid-level command staff:In this fiscal year, starting officers will make about $49,500. By next year, fiscal year 2023, officers’ salaries will range from $51,000 to nearly $79,000 at career end. Sergeants’ salaries will range from $78,700 to $93,500 in FY23. Lieutenants’ salaries will be $98,000 to $123,100 in FY23. The contract would guarantee raises for all union members every two years, so a recruit signing on today, for example, could expect to make nearly $65,000 two years from now under the proposal. The substantive reforms in the proposed contract include: Enhancements to discipline, oversight, and record retention. Mandatory critical-incident alcohol and drug testing. Required training to Internal Affairs investigators. Retaining past findings of bias, untruthfulness, excessive force, sexual misconduct and other criminal conduct as permanent parts of disciplinary records. Recognition of the Inspector General and the Citizens Review and Accountability Board; Opportunities to build community relations through volunteerism and engagement. Ryan Nichols, president of the River City FOP Lodge 614, said: “Our committee worked relentlessly, during these negotiations, to help ensure the LMPD is a department that is able to recruit the most qualified candidates and retain our outstanding officers. We feel this contract is another step in that direction.” LMPD Police Chief Erika Shields commented on the proposed contract agreements, saying she thinks they will help combat one of the city’s most immediate concerns.”With the challenges we face on gun violence and staffing, our city needs highly motivated officers, and the competitive salary pieces of this contract will help us achieve that. At the same time, it sets clear directives for meeting the community’s expectations for reform. Those too, will make us a stronger force,” she said in a news release.”These contracts reflect a dramatic step in reimagining public safety. The work to get us here reflects a commitment to pay our officers a competitive wage for the important work they do, and shows that we’ve heard and are responding to calls in the community for greater accountability and transparency,” Fischer said.

The city of Louisville and the local police union have reached an agreement on a new tentative contract for the Louisville Metro Police Department that includes pay raises and disciplinary changes.

The city and FOP began negotiations in January on two employment contracts: One for police officers and sergeants, which expired June 30; and another for lieutenants, which expired years ago in June 2018.

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The next step is a vote by FOP members to ratify the contracts and if approved, it will be followed by a Metro Council vote, with final authorization by Mayor Greg Fischer.

There will be an opportunity for public comment before the council vote. The proposal will be shared with the public when delivered to union members within the next few days. The FOP vote is expected the week of Sept. 6.

The mayor’s office said the proposed contracts include “significant salary increases” over the next two years for both rank-and-file officers and mid-level command staff:

  • In this fiscal year, starting officers will make about $49,500. By next year, fiscal year 2023, officers’ salaries will range from $51,000 to nearly $79,000 at career end.
  • Sergeants’ salaries will range from $78,700 to $93,500 in FY23.
  • Lieutenants’ salaries will be $98,000 to $123,100 in FY23.
  • The contract would guarantee raises for all union members every two years, so a recruit signing on today, for example, could expect to make nearly $65,000 two years from now under the proposal.

The substantive reforms in the proposed contract include:

  • Enhancements to discipline, oversight, and record retention.
  • Mandatory critical-incident alcohol and drug testing.
  • Required training to Internal Affairs investigators.
  • Retaining past findings of bias, untruthfulness, excessive force, sexual misconduct and other criminal conduct as permanent parts of disciplinary records.
  • Recognition of the Inspector General and the Citizens Review and Accountability Board;
  • Opportunities to build community relations through volunteerism and engagement.

Ryan Nichols, president of the River City FOP Lodge 614, said: “Our committee worked relentlessly, during these negotiations, to help ensure the LMPD is a department that is able to recruit the most qualified candidates and retain our outstanding officers. We feel this contract is another step in that direction.”

LMPD Police Chief Erika Shields commented on the proposed contract agreements, saying she thinks they will help combat one of the city’s most immediate concerns.

“With the challenges we face on gun violence and staffing, our city needs highly motivated officers, and the competitive salary pieces of this contract will help us achieve that. At the same time, it sets clear directives for meeting the community’s expectations for reform. Those too, will make us a stronger force,” she said in a news release.

“These contracts reflect a dramatic step in reimagining public safety. The work to get us here reflects a commitment to pay our officers a competitive wage for the important work they do, and shows that we’ve heard and are responding to calls in the community for greater accountability and transparency,” Fischer said.

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