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Mayor, union head say new police union contract offers improved accountability measures

Posted at 11:07 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 19:30:38-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Omaha Police Officers Association President Tony Conner announced the terms of a tentative five-year agreement.

They said the new police union contract improves accountability measures.

"We listened. We learned," Stothert said. "We try to improve all the time. I know a lot of concern was that people wanted more transparency and more accountability and I think this contract does provide that."

It makes it easier for people to file complaints against officers. Notarized complaints can be mailed in or hand-delivered to the city's human rights and relations department or the Citizen's Complaint Review Board. Before you had to do an in-person interview with police command staff.

It sets up a new three-person 3 reprimand committee, including a police union member, city official, and a third selected by both. They will review appeals for disciplinary actions against an officer.

The new agreement will take effect in December when the current contract expires. It calls for a 2% wage increase in 2021, 3% in 2022, 2023 and 2024, and a 3.5% increase in 2025.

Juneteenth, a day for celebrating the liberation of slaves in the United States, was added as a recognized holiday for the Omaha Police Department.

It also extends the probationary period for new officers to one full year following the completion of field training and allows for one officer to be released for current assignments to serve as a community and legislative liaison.

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