A provisional agreement to boost recruitment and retention efforts has been announced between the city and the union representing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers. The deal, revealed by Mayor Karen Bass, aims to address the current LAPD hiring and retention crisis by improving starting salaries and providing incentives.
Staffing at the LAPD has seen a decline of over 1,000 officers since early 2020, and it is projected that hundreds more could leave due to retirements and resignations. Additionally, since 2017, over 430 officers have left within their first 18 months of duty, with many moving to other agencies within their first decade of service.
The proposed contract is expected to increase the starting base salary by 11%, and further propose a 3% annual increment in base salary. It will also offer “retention pay incentives” to promote longevity of service. Improvements in health, life, and dental insurance benefits are included as well.
This tentative agreement still requires approval by union members. The Los Angeles Police Protective League expressed optimism about the agreement, believing it will help in retaining experienced officers and recruiting qualified cadets.
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