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

Police officers in Long Beach will likely soon receive a raise — but they’ll also have to contribute more to their pensions than they have in the past.

Those are some of the details city officials released Monday, Sept. 9, about a tentative contract agreement Long Beach struck with its Police Officers Association last month.

Specifically, the proposed contract includes:

• A three-year term;

• A 4% raise in the first year, followed by 3% at the start of the third year and 2.5% six months later;

• A one-time payment of $2,000 in the second year;

• A requirement that Classic Public Employees’ Retirement System members contribute an additional 3% of their salary to help offset the city’s pension costs;

• Increased compensation for officers who have advanced certifications;

• New skill payment for Dive and SWAT Team members to help incentivize that expertise;

• Up to 160 hours of paid leave for eligible employees following a birth, adoption or the placement of a foster child in their home.

“I believe this contract clearly reflects the strong commitment of our mayor, City Council and city management towards ensuring high-quality public safety for our entire community,” POA President Jim Foster said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the hard work of everyone who assisted in finalizing this agreement, and we expect it will help us to continue to recruit and retain the finest police officers in California.”

Police association members ratified the tentative agreement last month. The City Council is set to vote on the new contract at its Tuesday, Sept. 17 meeting.

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