Tallahassee Police Officers Approve New Contracts

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Tallahassee police officers represented by the Big Bend Police Benevolent Association (PBA) have approved a three-year pay and benefits package offered by the City of Tallahassee. The new contracts were approved by two separate bargaining units, one representing police officers and investigators and the other representing police sergeants and lieutenants. The agreements represent a year-long negotiating effort by the City and PBA.

The contracts include an economic package of approximately 11.86 percent in salary and benefits over the three years. They also allow for across the board (ATB) salary increases of .5 percent in the first and second years and 1.57 percent in the third year of the agreement.

“I’m pleased that the police bargaining units approved the agreements,” said City Manager Anita Favors Thompson. “These agreements were carefully crafted, keeping in mind both the difficult economic times we’re all facing but also with a sincere appreciation for the outstanding work performed by our police officers every single day on behalf of Tallahassee citizens.” Favors Thompson added that it’s important to recognize the efforts by all City employees, including law enforcement officers, who are doing more with fewer resources than in the past.

“Throughout the year-long process, the dedicated men and women who protect this community took into consideration the economic challenges we all are facing as a community and ratified the collective bargaining agreements presented by the City of Tallahassee,” said Steve Slade, president of the Big Bend PBA and a Tallahassee Police Department lieutenant.

The City Commission will consider the contract language during their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 9. Upon Commission approval, the new contracts will be retroactive to October 1, 2010 and run through September 30, 2013.

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  • by Tallahasse Taxpayer Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    In addition to the pay raise I would also like to extend my thanks to our officers who put their lives on the line every day. As for Hoffman, enough already- she got herself killed. How many other lives did that worthless girl ruin with her drug business? Now her parents are suing for millions of dollars? She wasn't worth ten dollars. TPD shouldn't have bothered cutting her a deal- they should have locked her up and thrown away the key.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    Anonymous- You are grouping a LARGE amount of police officers in with a few bad apples. I have no doubt in your line of work that you have a few bad apples yourself. They just are not in the spot light. Anyone who is willing to put their life in danger to serve others deserves more than money can give. Grow up and be thankful. Not every murder (referring to the quad) is solved in the first day. It takes time. Rachel Hoffman did everything she was not supposed to do. I agree TPD she not have used her to catch the drug dealers. But she agreed and knew what was at stake.
  • by bjs Location: tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    I Live on the south side of town and the few times I have had to utilize TPD services the personnel involved have been more than cooperative and courteous. They are doing their best with limited resources and deserve a pay raise and the best equipment that can be given them. And I pay my taxes and am glad if that helps! So there!
  • by Good for them Location: Havana on Mar 2, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    I have no dog in this fight, because I am a State LEO and haven't received a raise in 5 years. I am however, glad for the men and women of TPD who put their lives on the line every day~this is a thankless job (as you can gather from the comments below). I would like to comment on people bringing up the Hoffman case and suggesting that TPD "got her killed". Ummmm, let's see...Had she not been a criminal to begin with, then she wouldn't have had the opportunity to be a CI. Thus, her very own poor decisions,actions, etc. are what ultimately landed her in the grave. Also, regarding the domestic battery comments... Yes, domestic abuse does not discriminate. However, the whole barrell should not be judged by a few rotton ones.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 01:22 PM, You really have no clue.-Brilliant post, way to elaborate. Sounds like you are TPD or married to one of the TPD woman beaters, nothing I said was incorrect. TPD officers were hitting on Rachel Hoffman, and got her killed, several TPD members have been arrested recently for domestic violence, and many TPD are jerks.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    TPD can't even solve the sattle creek run quad homicide, it should be easy to solve, it's obviously a lover/former lover-they don't know what happened to Ali Gilmore, several TPD have been arrested recently for domestic abuse, they got Rachel Hoffman killed, etc etc etc etc. They don't deserve a raise, they need to tighten up first.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 01:22 PM, You really have no clue.
  • by Dave on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Of course Tallahassee can afford this. They have a blank check. If they run short they jack the property tax or transfer excess utility profits to the general fund. What other city of Tallahassee's size has a budget of nearly a BILLION buck???????????????
  • by david Location: tallahassee on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    The Tallahassee police dept is one of the most incompetent entities that I have had to deal with. With the tough economic times ahead there should be no pay raises This is a real embarrassment to taxpayers and citizens of Tallahassee
  • by Glad for the Cops Location: Tally on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    I'd rather see our cops get this pay and benefit packages because they put their lives on the line 24/7 to keep us safe. Crime is rising because our economy is getting worse.
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