Police union DC, city agrees on new contract

Union members representing DC police officers, detectives and sergeants approved a new contract Wednesday night with increases totaling 10 percent over three years, according to the DC mayor’s office.

The contract after a nearly two-year stalemate also gives members with five or more years on the force an additional 5 percent salary increase, which is intended to aid retention.

Officers, who had been working without a new contract since the fall of 2020, approved the deal in a vote announced by the office of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

The new contract gives union members a 2.5 percent increase retroactive to fiscal 2021, a 3.5 percent increase retroactive to fiscal 2022 and a 4 percent increase for fiscal 2023, which begins October 1 this year. .

“This new agreement represents our continued commitment to attract and retain the best officers in the nation,” Bowser said in a statement.

Police Chief Robert J. Contee III has seen challenges in the past two years, including responding to a Capitol uprising and the increasing number of murders and shootings.

“I am very pleased with the outcome and believe this agreement is fair to all parties involved,” the chief said in a statement.

The starting annual salary for a DC police officer is just under $60,200. The Bowser administration has said salary increases will help keep salaries competitive as it works to increase its force size from about 3,500 officers to 4,000.

Last month, the mayor announced $20,000 in hiring bonuses for recruits.

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