Houston reaches new agreement with police union

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HOUSTON, Texas -- Mayor Annise Parker joined Houston Police Officers Union President Ray Hunt to announce a proposed new contract for the rank and file at the Houston Police Department (HPD).  The agreement addresses pay concerns that have hindered HPD’s ability to recruit and retain officers.  The agreement, also, includes several cost-saving concessions.

“This contract will for the first time in a long time bring HPD’s entry-level salary to market level,” said Mayor Parker.  “HPD is the premiere law enforcement organization in Texas.  To maintain that position and continue to be able to offer the best crime-fighting services around, we have to retain our veteran officers as long as possible and be an attractive career prospect for young recruits. That means offering competitive salaries.”

The contract includes the following pay adjustments:

  • An increase in base pay for probationary officers from $35,000 to $42,000, effective June 1, 2015
  • $32 million of adjustments starting in July 2016 and spread out over two years to address market inequities within various ranks
  • A 3.48 percent across-the-board increase on July 1, 2018

In addition, the agreement modifies the City’s financial obligation for accrued time off when an officer leaves the department, creates a financial incentive for officers to pass an annual physical agility test, eliminates paid time off for physical fitness training, changes the promotional testing systems to help ensure all officers have equal opportunity to be promoted and creates a financial incentive to entice experienced officers to pursue investigative positions.

“The men and women of the Houston Police Department thank Mayor Parker, former City Attorney David Feldman, current City Attorney Donna Edmundson and Assistant City Attorney Natalie Deluca for negotiating an extremely fair contract for both the officers and the citizens who pay our salaries,” said HPOU President Ray Hunt.

Voting on the agreement should begin from the rank and file this afternoon.  It will be put for consideration before the City Council on February 18, 2015.  Should the necessary approvals beobtained, the agreement will go into effect immediately and last until December 31, 2018.