(DPOA President Mark Diaz and Mayor Mike Duggan at the historic signing.)
The Detroit Police Officers Association (DPOA) and the City of Detroit have finalized a collective bargaining agreement that will result in more officers on the street and include an 8 percent pay raise for DPOA members.
Mayor Mike Duggan and DPOA leadership signed the contract Wednesday afternoon at the Mayor’s Office.
The new agreement allows the department to hire retired police officers for non-patrol jobs and move 150 active officers back into Detroit’s neighborhoods.
The DPOA President Mark Diaz, Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig worked together to identify savings to fund the wage increase.
“We have the best police officers in the country. They deserve to be compensated for the job they do and this is a step in the right direction,” Craig said.
Mayor Duggan praised the DPOA for its hard work on behalf of its members and its collaboration.
The mayor and DPOA President Mark Diaz also thanked federal mediator Judge Victoria Roberts for her hours of hard work in assisting to bring about this agreement for Detroit’s police officers.
“Public safety is the most important service our city provides and how well we provide it starts with how we treat our officers,” Duggan said.
“This new contract is an important step forward in our ability to provide the level of public safety our residents deserve and to make sure our officers are fairly compensated.”
DPOA President Mark Diaz credited Mayor Duggan for his role in bringing all sides together to complete the contract.
“Had the mayor not intervened and taken an active approach in this process, the DPOA would not have an agreement today,” said Diaz.