Newsom moves to aid San Francisco police recruitment
By Emmet Berg, Bay City News Service
October 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Paying veteran police officers extra
and offering bonuses linked to San Francisco Police Department
recruitment were the aims of negotiated financial incentives put
forth by Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday.
"These bonuses allow for our veteran police officers to
stay on the force, while also declaring to the best and brightest
in law enforcement, across the United States, that San Francisco
will compensate you accordingly for your services," said
Newsom in statements released by the mayor's office.
The mayor's plan to offer $250,000 in financial incentives is
part of an amendment to the city's current agreement with the
union representing officers.
The San Francisco Police Officers' Association has already agreed
to the terms of the deal, according to mayoral spokesman Joe Arellano.
To become reality the plan needs assent from the Board of Supervisors,
which is expected to consider the package first in its Government
Audit & Oversight Committee.
The plan offers retention pay of 4 percent to officers who have
completed more than 30 years of service. It also provides for
a $1,000 referral bonus if an officer who recruits a successful
candidate for a police officer position, and pays $5,000 in signing
bonuses to police officers hired from other agencies.
The $250,000 package proposal would be allocated every year to
a joint labor management recruitment committee. The signing bonuses
could kick in immediately on approval, though the pay raises would
take effect in June 2007.
The mayor's proposal also calls for the elimination of the practice
of "burnoff," when retiring officers use accrued leave
time during their final 90 days of employment. No one from the
officers' union was available for comment on that or other aspects
of the incentive plan.
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