Albuquerque police officers to get pay increase
May 22, 2018 06:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After two years' worth of negotiations, police officers in Albuquerque will soon get a raise.
The Albuquerque Police Officers Union announced Tuesday it reached a deal with the city for a new salary contract worth around $12.1 million over the next two years.
The raises range from $2,080 for first-year officers to $15,080 for 20-year veterans of the force. The pay wages for sergeants and lieutenants will also go up by more than $14,000.
APOA President Shaun Willoughby called the raises a step in the right direction, but he said more must be done for Albuquerque to be competitive with other departments around the region.
"Until we do that we won’t completely fix the staffing shortage," he said. "With that being said this is the first raise our officers have received in almost nine years, and we are grateful."
In the May 21 union voting, 501 approved the contract while 40 voted no. The increase will go into effect this August.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said the raises will help the city address its public safety challenges.
"We were at a competitive disadvantage with our neighboring cities for recruitment efforts. These compensation adjustments will level the playing field so we can attract and retain qualified officers," he said.
Here is a full breakdown of the pay increases, based on information provided by the APOA:
Total Year One Increases - Aug. 1, 2018, hourly pay increases
Year 0-4: $2,080
Year 5-7: $6,760
Year 8-9: $4,680
Year 15-17: $9,360
Year 18-19: $9,880
Total Year Two Increases - July 1, 2019, longevity pay increases (based on years of service)
Year 0-4: $2,080
Year 5: $6,760
Year 6: $7,410
Year 7: $13,090
Year 8-9: $10,010
Year 10-12: $9,360
Year 13-14: $10,660
Year 15: $13,260
Year 16-17: $15,860
Year 18-19: $17,680
Year 20+: $17,680
Updated: May 22, 2018 06:15 PM
Created: May 22, 2018 03:40 PM
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