Omaha Metropolis Council unanimously approves a brand new police contract

The Omaha City Council at Tuesday’s meeting voted on the proposed Omaha Police Department contract. The city council unanimously approved the contract 6-0. “I support the police and I support this treaty, so I’m going to vote for this treaty just like that,” said Councilor Vinny Palermo. “It’s unfair for people to try to team up with other police departments across the country in the Omaha Police Department “said Alderman Ben Gray. As written, the 5 year contract would allow officials an average annual salary increase of 2.9%. Civil servants would receive 2% by 2021, 3% from 2022 to 2024 and 3.5% in 2025. The treaty also provides for a three-member referral committee to be appointed by the city and the Omaha Police Officer’s Association. The city said this will make it easier for citizens to file complaints. The committee is an addition to the existing examination board for citizens. In the hope of adding even more diversity to the troop, Juneteenth is added as a recognized holiday. This is a celebration to commemorate the end of slavery. The contract also extends the trial period for a civil servant from one to two years. “You have an extra year to evaluate cops and possibly get bad cops out of the force.” The OPOA issued this statement: “The Omaha Police Officer’s Association is grateful for today’s city council vote to approve a labor agreement that is fair and reasonable for our officials and taxpayers. This reform deal also sets the trend of our association with the city and members of the community work together to proactively address issues. This agreement provides the competitive wages and benefits necessary to maintain a skilled and professional police force and the interests of our citizens. We value the leadership demonstrated by mayors Jean Stothert, Chief Todd Schmaderer and the members of the Omaha City Council during this process. “Council One Pete Festersen said the conversation was not over. “The question is whether the treaty goes far enough. I know I have voters who believe it doesn’t, and I have voters who believe it goes too far and there are others who Majority who want progress and improvement, “he said. Councilors Aimee Melton, Brinker Harding and Rich Pahls signed the following statement: “Omaha’s police force are role models for the rest of the country. We have been a leader on body cameras, anti-bias training, and other initiatives that are now being pursued by other law enforcement agencies across the U.S. In the community, our law enforcement agency has not only significantly reduced the crime rate, but has begun restoring confidence to those whom they serve – Omaha’s citizens. We strongly support your new contract, not only because of the tax responsibility it implies, but also because of the tireless commitment of our men and women in blue to improve public safety and transparency. We encourage all members of the Omaha City Council and all Omaha citizens to join us in supporting this treaty. “The Omaha police say the contract means more money for Omaha police officers, along with more accountability. The contract is under additional scrutiny after the murder of 35-year-old Kenneth Jones last week. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Monday that the deadly police force The shooting, which took place near 27th and Harrison Streets last Thursday, was “one of the least compliant” situations he had ever seen. My senior command and I have agreed on this matter. The officer used lethal force in accordance with our policy, “he said. Schmaderer said criticism of the police contract related to the Jones shooting feels like piling up.” It’s a fair contract that offers additional transparency, it’s fair to taxpayers, it’s fair to Omaha cops who, by the way, will be here in our community, we are part of that community. So it’s fair for everyone, “he said.” Okay, we’re trying to do this in the community, and every step of the way, we seem to be getting hits left and right there. And this incident and our police contract are two separate issues. ”

The Omaha City Council at Tuesday’s meeting voted on the proposed Omaha Police Department contract.

The council unanimously approved the contract 6-0.

“I support the police and I support this contract and so I will just vote for this contract,” said Councilor Vinny Palermo.

“It’s unfair for people to try to team up with other law enforcement agencies across the country in the Omaha Police Department,” Councilor Ben Gray said.

As written, the 5 year contract would give officers an average annual increase of 2.9%. Officers would receive 2% through 2021, 3% from 2022 to 2024, and 3.5% in 2025.

The treaty also provides for a three-member referral committee to be appointed by the city and the Omaha Police Officer’s Association.

The city said this will make it easier for citizens to file complaints.

The committee is an addition to the existing citizens’ examination committee.

Hoping to add diversity to the troop, the deal adds Juneteenth as a recognized holiday. This is a celebration to commemorate the end of slavery.

The contract also extends the trial period for a civil servant from one to two years.

“You will have an additional year to evaluate cops and possibly get bad cops out of the force,” Gray said.

The OPOA published this statement:

“The Omaha Police Officer’s Association is grateful for today’s city council vote to approve a labor agreement that is fair and reasonable for our officials and taxpayers. This reform deal also continues our association’s trend of working with the city and members of the city council Agreement provides the competitive wages and benefits necessary to maintain a skilled and professional police force and the interests of our citizens. We appreciate the guidance provided by Mayors Jean Stothert, Chief Todd Schmaderer and the members of the Omaha City Council during this Process. “

Alderman Pete Festersen said the conversation wasn’t over.

“The question is whether the treaty goes far enough. I know that I have voters who believe it doesn’t, and I have voters who believe it goes too far and there are others who do Majority who want progress and improvement, “he said.

Councilors Aimee Melton, Brinker Harding and Rich Pahls signed the following statement:

“Omaha’s police force is a role model for the rest of the country. We have been a leader in body cameras, anti-bias training, and other initiatives currently being pursued by other law enforcement agencies in the United States. By focusing on the community, our law enforcement agency has not only lowered the crime rate significantly, but has also begun to rebuild trust with those they serve – Omaha’s citizens. We strongly support your new contract, not only because of the tax responsibility it entails, but also because of the relentless commitment to improving public safety and transparency that our men and women show in blue. We encourage all members of the Omaha City Council and all Omaha citizens to join us in supporting this treaty. ”

According to Omaha Police, the contract means more money for Omaha police officers and more accountability.

The contract is under additional scrutiny after the police murdered 35-year-old Kenneth Jones last week. Omaha police chief Todd Schmaderer said Monday that the fatal police shots that took place near 27th and Harrison Streets last Thursday were “one of the most unconforming” situations he had ever seen.

“I have to deviate from what I have been told in interviews and supporting evidence. My senior command staff and I agree on this matter. The officer used lethal force in accordance with our policy,” he said.

Schmaderer said criticism of the police contract in relation to the Jones shooting felt like “piling up”.

“I think it’s going to happen and I think it should happen. It’s a fair contract that provides additional transparency, it’s fair to taxpayers, it’s fair to Omaha cops who, by the way, will be here in our community, us are part of that community. So it’s fair to everyone, “he said. “Okay, we’re trying to do it in the community and we seem to be getting hits left and right every step of the way. And this incident and our police contract are two separate issues.”

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