INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 9, 2014)– Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers approved a two-year contract with the City of Indianapolis Thursday.
President Bill Owensby of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge #86 announced Thusday that the membership of the organization had passed a 3 year contract agreement with the City of Indianapolis for January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.
The proposal outlines the following key points: Indy Officers have voluntarily deferred a 3% increase in the base salary until July 2014 and have accepted across the board pay increases in 2015 and 2016 which will result in an overall average increase of over 6% for the 3 year term.
Amongst other provisions, the Department of Public Safety and the FOP have also agreed to create and implement, if mutually agreeable, a minimum staffing model for the IMPD and consider the feasibility of alternative shift schedules to ensure proper staffing levels that match peak service demand times.
In response FOP President, Bill Owensby issued the following written statement:
“This has been a deliberate process which has allowed our police officers, elected officials and our citizens to balance the need for proper staffing within our police department while also retaining a quality workforce of highly skilled police officers.
“From the beginning, the FOP has made clear our primary concern has revolved around the safety of our community and our police officers as it relates to the current understaffing of the IMPD. Our membership worked with the Department of Public Safety to identify multiple efficiencies and cost savings so that more officers can be hired in 2014 and beyond. We appreciate our working partnership with Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs, Chief of Police Rick Hite and all others within the City Administration.”