Posted at: 07/07/2014 8:35 PM
Updated at: 07/07/2014 10:15 PM
By: KOB.com staff
Albuquerque police officers will receive a five percent raise following the Albuquerque Police Officer Association vote of approval on a new contract.
New officers will also start off with higher pay and those who are with the department for an extended period of time will be offered incentives.
This is the first raise Albuquerque Police Department officers will receive since 2010.
“The hard work of our leadership, the administration, and city council has proven that we are moving forward in the right direction,” a police union statement read. “To restore what our Officers have been harmed.”
Officers were promised a raise by former mayor Martin Chavez. After he lost re-election, mayor Richard Berry stopped the raises as a cost cutting measure in the city’s budget. His office praised the union for the vote on the new contract.
"I am very pleased that our police officers voted to accept this contract that takes their cumulative pay increases since I took office to almost 12%, while ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for union business,” Berry’s office said in a statement.