The Nassau County Council on Monday unanimously approved a $159 million contract with the county’s Police Charity Association.
The eight-and-a-half-year agreement, which is subject to approval by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, will be retroactively executed from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2026 and will increase the maximum base salary for executives from $122,000 to $141,000. .
The agreement also increases the maximum base salary for officers from $122,000 to $141,000 and increases the starting salary for new officers from $35,000 to $37,333.
According to Newsday, the NIFA board will vote on the deal at its February 6 meeting.
Nassau County Chief Executive Bruce Blakeman said negotiations between the parties were “exhaustive” but expressed delight in the agreement.
“We believe this agreement will keep police salaries among the highest in the country, while also providing provisions to enhance community security and protect taxpayer money,” Blakeman said in a statement. I will,” he said.
The county failed to reach an agreement with the 1,800-member union during Democratic county executive Laura Curran’s tenure. A contract offer of the same length was filed and the executive could get her a 25% pay raise over her eight and a half years.
The county and union agreed to pay $3,000 a year in benefits to police officers with body cameras.
The county selected Ronkonkoma-based Island Tech Services to provide camera technology and handle officer training and technical support.
the body camera Schedule on page 424 Reform Police in Nassau County released by Curran in February 2021.
The plan is County legislature approved March 16-3, 2020filed pursuant to an executive order signed in June 2020 by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo, after Minneapolis officers killed George Floyd, giving the agency a plan to “reinvent and modernize police strategy.” I asked him to come up with an idea.
Nassau County spends $1,148 per person on police and fire services, compared to a national median of $359, according to U.S. News & World Report findings, making Nassau County the most Voted the safest community. Public safety professionals make up 1.26% of her in the county. compared to the national median of 0.70%.
Democrats made amendments to the county budget to hire more than 100 new police officers.Blakeman’s $3.88 billion budget included hiring 36 additional officers. rice field.
“Police officers often face danger and put themselves at risk as they fulfill their pledge to serve and protect the public in Nassau County and across the nation,” said minority leader Kevan. Abrahams (D-Freeport) stated: “The Minority Caucus of Nassau, as demonstrated when it proposed funding 110 additional police officers in this year’s budget to bolster foot patrols and create a dedicated hate crime unit. We are unwavering in our commitment to supporting law enforcement professionals.”