The City of Edmonton and EPS have come to a deal over new wages for city police.
Arbitrators helped hammer out the new collective agreement, last week, with wage increases retroactive to 2014.
Police Chief Rod Knecht says the city has put aside some money for this deal.
“This has been a three year negotiation, so it’s a three year settlement, which just brings us up to the end of this year, and then they’ll start negotiating all over again,” says Knecht. “I think the city did put some money aside, we’ll look at that, and I think that was within what was anticipated.”
The new deal totals around $18-million.
“Obviously our police officers were working in anticipation that this was happening at some point,” he says. “And they worked hard, and they worked a full day, every day, as if they were being paid accordingly.”
Knecht adds he doesn’t feel police officers in Edmonton are overpaid, rather he thinks they’re fairly paid.
“I’ve often said, in some occasions, some of our police officers earn their whole paycheck in one night; what happens to them in one evening, or what they experience in one evening, or what they deal with in one evening,” he says. “I know I’ve felt like I’ve done that a few times in my career.” (scb, sj)