CINCINNATI -- After a tense few weeks of negotiating with city officials, a “significant majority” of Cincinnati’s Fraternal Order of Police voted to accept a new three-year contract with the city Tuesday night, according to FOP president Sgt. Dan Hils.
Although the contract will still need to be approved by the city council, it’s a sign that the FOP and officials have managed to reach an agreement about how officers should be compensated now that body cameras are being introduced to the force.
Every officer will be equipped with a camera by mid-2017, according to the city.
Earlier this month, Hils said the FOP would need to utilize the power of collective bargaining to obtain pay raises that correspond to the additional amount of stress and oversight incurred by the body camera system.
"While it has value to the community, it does add more difficulty and stress to the officer's job -- being monitored while you're out doing every piece and part of your work -- it's something that most people would not choose to do in their work,” Hils said previously. "It's something that we're going to have to live with and it's something else that needs to be recognized and needs to be recognized when it comes to salary."
City councilman Wendell Young filed a complaint alleging unfair labor practices on the parts of Hils and Mayor John Cranley; Young claimed that, by meeting privately to discuss the subjects of body cameras and raises, the pair were sidestepping other branches of city government.
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The contract the FOP approved Tuesday includes pay raises for officers, although the exact figures have not been released.