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Mayor, Police Association Reach Landmark Deal to Bolster SDPD Ranks & Keep San Diego Neighborhoods Safe

Tentative Agreement to Make Officer Salaries More Competitive & Stem the Flow of Departing Officers

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – To stem the flow of departing police officers and keep San Diego neighborhoods safe, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer has brokered a historic two-year agreement with the San Diego Police Officers Association (POA) Board of Directors that will make officer salaries more competitive compared to other law enforcement agencies. The tentative agreement, stemming from a mayoral proposal authorized by the City Council, now goes to POA membership for approval.

“This landmark investment into our police force will help ensure San Diego stays one of the safest big cities in America for decades to come. We face a significant police officer recruitment and retention crisis that demands this kind of action,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This is a fair agreement that makes San Diego officers’ salaries highly competitive and encourages veteran officers to stay and grow within SDPD. San Diego has the best police department in the nation, and now every current officer and prospective recruit has great new reasons to choose SDPD. I thank the City Council and Police Officers Association board, including President Brian Marvel, for their partnership.”

The POA’s leadership agreed to a deal Tuesday that would increase officers’ salaries up to 30.6 percent by 2020 and remain consistent with 2012’s Proposition B. The association’s roughly 1,800 sworn officers must still vote on the new contract over the next few days. If approved, the contract would then go before the City Council for final authorization with the salary increases going into effect July 1.

“This contract proposal for SDPD officers will enable the department to retain experienced officers, attract laterals and the recruits we desperately need,” said Brian Marvel, President of the POA. “With this, and a commitment to maintaining higher staffing levels, we can rebuild SDPD into a strong, stable department, capable of providing the quality public safety services that our citizens deserve.” 

To keep SDPD pay competitive with market conditions, the tentative agreement calls for significant compensation increases on top of those already approved in the final two years of the Police Officers Association’s existing contract through Fiscal Year 2020:

  • July 1, 2018: 8.3% increase (3.3% of which was previously approved)
  • Jan. 1, 2019: 5% increase
  • July 1, 2019: 3.3% increase (previously approved)
  • Jan. 1, 2020: 5% increase

It also includes additional increases for officers as follows:

  • July 1, 2019: 5% increase for officers with 20 or more years of sworn service in law enforcement
  • July 1, 2019: 4% increase for all officers in exchange for negotiated changes to certain flexible health benefits

If approved, officers would receive cumulative increases totaling 25.6 percent to 30.6 percent over the two-year agreement, depending on years of service and future negotiations on flexible benefits.

“As Chair of Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, recruiting and retaining police officers has been a top priority since I took office,” Councilmember Chris Cate said. “This contract is an important step in addressing this ongoing crisis. That is why during this last budget cycle, I recommended that we begin the process of setting aside the necessary funds to invest in our police department. The residents of District 6 continue to advocate for dedicating the necessary resources for this new contract.”

In 2015, Mayor Faulconer reached agreement on a five-year deal with the Police Officers Association that among other things gave officers a 6.6 percent increase in take-home pay in Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020, complying with Proposition B’s freeze on pensionable pay through Fiscal Year 2018. The new offer would rewrite the final two years of that deal for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 while still adhering to voter-mandated pension reform.

“Our officers are the finest men and women I have ever had the privilege to work with,” Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. “Knowing their hard work and dedication to our city is being acknowledged like this will make an enormous difference for our current and future officers.”

CONTACT:  Greg Block at 619-227-3752 or [email protected]

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