A new contract for the Lebanon Police Department has been ratified between city officials and the Police Bargaining Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42.
It was announced Thursday night during the city’s pre-council work session, held at the new City Hall building at 735 Cumberland Street downtown.
Mayor Sherry Capello said the three year deal, running for years 2022 through 2024 will bump up the starting salary for officers from $49,300 to $57,000 a year:
Officers who are determined to be fluent in languages deemed necessary for police operations in the city will earn an extra fifty cents more per hour. There will be some slight increases in health insurance premiums, but the prescription co-pays are not changing.
However, one part of the contract that’s been agreed to by both sides but is being delayed in its implementation is a move from 8 hour to 12 hour shifts for patrol officers. The senior department leaders will not be affected:
Police Chief Todd Breiner said working 12 hour shifts will actually benefit the officers, because of the way the schedule rotation falls:
Mayor Capello said there’s no date-certain as to when the 12 hour shifts will begin, but they are coming.