A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the City of Trenton and the Trenton Policemen’s Benevolent
Association that would give officers an 11.75 percent raise in their base salaries beginning July 1.
The new contract would require officers to work 12-hour shifts. Mayor Eric Jackson claims the move would increase the number of officers patrolling the streets by 30 percent.
“The new 12-hour shifts mean that residents will get approximately 20 percent more work from each police officer per shift, which increases our ability to be more proactive in addressing public-safety concerns,” Jackson said.
Trenton police officers have been working without a contract since Dec. 31 of 2011.
The settlement is for two four-year contracts. According to the mayor’s office other increases for the eight-year period total five percent. The first contract covers the period from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014 and the second contract covers the period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018.
Effective July 1, 2015, police officers will go from working 10-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts.
The schedule change will allow the police command staff to deploy 30 percent more police officers for patrol each day, which constitutes three overlapping shifts per day. The new schedule means that each police officer will be working more than 200 additional hours per year. Officials say the new schedule is anticipated to significantly reduce overtime.
The Trenton Police Department has 243 sworn officers, 72 civilian employees, 61 part-time crossing guards, and a budget of $35 million.