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The Long Beach Police Academy Recruit Class #93 graduates in front of family and friends May 22. 

Long Beach police officers will likely see pay raises in the near future.

The city and the Police Officers Association on Friday, Aug. 9, reached a tentative deal for a new three-year contract, multiple officials have confirmed, though both sides have cautioned it’s too early to release specifics.

The union’s current contract expires Sept. 30.

The agreement includes a pay raise and pension reform, City Manager Pat West said Sunday, Aug. 11. West said more information would be publicized at a later date.

Union president Jim Foster, meanwhile, said Monday, Aug. 12, that he hasn’t even presented the proposal to his members. But he did say he was pleased with the offer.

“It’s fair and fiscally prudent,” Foster said, “and it helps to retain our officers and attract new officers by keeping us competitive in the marketplace.”

Foster said he expected to present his members with the deal in two weeks. If the union votes to ratify the agreement, it would then go to the City Council for final approval, likely next month.

The current contract was approved in early 2017 and entitled officers to 9% raises spread over three years, which cost Long Beach about $20.5 million. But it also reduced the amount of overtime hours officers could bank for a future payout.

The raises, officials said at the time, were necessary to keep up with how other comparable police departments compensated their officers.

The city is also currently negotiating new contracts with the Fire Department and 10 other public-sector unions. The City Council has a closed-session item on its Tuesday, Aug. 13, agenda to discuss ongoing labor negotiations.

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