Michigan Association of Police


“This is the first contract I’ve been a part of - and I’ve been involved in four contract negotiations - that we’ve never lost anything. That’s pretty rare these days, not losing anything,” said Paul Opper, St. Clair Shores Patrol Local Union President. “The health care, pension increase and the raises were the major issues. We went into it with that mentality. They did raise the starting wage for new hires and they also brought in the Lateral Pay for new hires with previous experience at other departments or prior Military Police experience up to three years. With three years’ experience at another department, they start at the 3-year step of the pay scale. With two years’ experience, they come in at 2-year step. It’s a nice benefit to help the City get new hires. In this day and age, it’s hard to hire people and this helps. We were able to improve the pension benefit for the second and third tier Officers. In fact, we were able to eliminate the third tier and combine everyone in the second and third into the second tier, increase their multiplier and include Overtime into their pensions. That was a huge win! We were able to get a really good health care plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield. It’s essentially no out-of-pocket costs for us, except the copays for prescriptions. I really credit (MAP Executive Director) Fred (Timpner) and (MAP Labor Relations Specialist) Chad (Trussler) for the whole contract. They did a lot of research and they had some good suggestions for us. A lot of times health care jargon can be very confusing and Fred and Chad definitely made it easier to understand. Fred and Chad just did an awesome job. They were there throughout the whole thing. We are always pleased with the way MAP goes through negotiations with us.”

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement ratified Feb. 21, 2022 and effective 7-1-21 to 6-30-25.

Wage Increases:
3% increase effective July 1, 2021.
3% increase effective July 1, 2022.
2% increase effective July 1, 2023.
2% increase effective July 1, 2024.

  • Officers with up to 3 years prior law enforcement experience will receive Lateral Pay, starting on the pay scale at a higher level according to the number of years of service with another police department or as a Military Police Officer.

Health Care: New Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance with no out-of-pocket costs except for prescriptions.

Retirement: The previous 3-tier pension plan was reduced to 2 tiers, increasing benefits by moving Tier 3 Retirees into Tier 2 and increasing the multiplier for Tier 2. Previously, there was a 2.25 multiplier in Tier 2 with Overtime and a 2.25 multiplier for Tier 3 with no Overtime. The new combined second tier has a 2.34 multiplier with Overtime.

Bargaining Team: MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner and MAP Director Chad Trussler with Local Union President Paul Opper, Vice President Paul Dlugokenski, Secretary Tony Rich and Treasurer Jon Mamrot.