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Police union reaches contract deal with Metro

The union representing Las Vegas’ rank-and-file police officers reached a tentative deal late Thursday on its new contract with the Metropolitan Police Department.

Under the agreement, the roughly 2,500 officers would not receive cost-of-living raises during the one-year contract, said Chris Collins, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.

Negotiators with the Police Department, Las Vegas and Clark County did agree to pay 1.75 percent toward the officers’ state retirement accounts, he said.

“We tried to do the right thing,” Collins said. “Our guys and gals are members of the community first.”

The one-year contract allows the union to return to the negotiating table next year and reinstate raises if the economy rebounds, he said.

Collins said he expected his union’s members to approve the proposal when they vote on it in the next two to three weeks.

The union’s current four-year contract expires in June.

Contact reporter Brian Haynes at bhaynes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0281.

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