"Contracts traditionally in the past had a ton of gray language. With this contract that gray language was really focused on and addressed and removed which is really, really critical," said Association President Clint Pace. "With all the contracts I've read and dealt with language wise this is really a good contract. The Chief definitely deserves credit for being reasonable and making sure the contract is fair and equitable." Pace noted significant changes in the contract: "Field Training Officers, in previous contracts, got no paid benefit in addition to their regularly hourly rate. Now with the new contract you get compensated for every training day," and, he said, "We were working 12-hour shifts, but our (personal and sick time) benefits reflected an 8-hour shift. What I negotiated in this contact, your current shift matches your benefits. Before, if you took a day off or called in sick for a day you were charged 12 hours but you only accrued eight hours."

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement ratified 11-25-13 and effective 7-1-13 to 6-30-17.
Wage Increases:
0% increase effective July 1, 2013.
3% increase effective July 1, 2014.
3% increase effective July 1, 2015.
3% increase effective July 1, 2016.
• Employees receive a one-time $700 signing bonus within 30 days of the execution of the contract.

Contract language: Language throughout the contract was clarified to reduce "gray areas." The disciplinary policy was completely revamped and each step was outlined stage by stage. The use of Part-Time, Reserve and Explorer positions was detailed including what duties they can and cannot perform. These positions would not be able to perform specialty jobs such as traffic control or Detective and all part-time employees would be subject to layoff prior to full-time officers.
Health Insurance: The Employer opted out of PA 152 so the employer will pay 100 percent of premium costs.
Fringe Benefits: Field Training Officers (FTO's) receive one hour of overtime pay for each training day. Previously FTO's only received their regular hourly pay. Personal and Sick Bank Time will be accrued based on 12-hour shifts, instead of 8-hour shifts as previously awarded.
Bargaining Team: MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner and Association President Clint Pace.