Oswego Police Station NEW 2019

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Four new contract provisions are provided in a new agreement reached between the Village of Oswego and the Metropolitan Alliance of Police Chapter #516, the police union representing officers from the Oswego Police Department. The previous four-year contract expires on April 30, 2022.

Both parties agreed to extend the existing contract for a period of two years and only negotiated wages. Wage increases starting May 1, 2022 will be two and three-quarters percent and May 1, 2023 at three percent. 

Currently, entry level officers start at $64,595 annually but after two years that will jump to $68,362. On the salary schedule, entry level positions see about a $2,000 increase after six months and another $2,000 in the next six months. 

For each year of experience from year one to year eight, the pay bump ranges from about $4,000 to $5,000. 

In the contract, officers with eight years of experience will be paid $107,321, a nearly $6,000 increase after the new two-year pay schedule. 

Under a new section, Response to Resistance, it requires each officer who is involved in an officer involved shooting causing injury or death to submit to drug and alcohol testing, If multiple officers discharged their firearm and it is unclear whose bullet struck the person or persons, then all officers who discharged their firearm in the direction of the subject shall be required to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

In addition, body worn cameras will be part of the contract, with future guidelines to be impact bargained where only that part of the contract will be negotiated, now a memorandum of agreement. Currently, Oswego Police do not require body worn cameras.

At this week’s Oswego Village Board meeting, there were no questions or discussions among trustees or the village president on the new contract.

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