By Bill Carey
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a contract with the San Francisco Police Officers Association to address a significant staffing shortage.
The contract will help recruit new officers by making San Francisco have the highest-paid entry-level salary for major Bay Area cities, KRON reported.
“We are currently short 562 officers, or approximately 25% of the 2,182 officers required to meet our workload requirements,” Police Chief Bill Scott said.
The contract stipulates a salary increase of 10.75% over the next three years: 4.75% in year one, 3% in year two and 3% in year three.
“These new hiring and retention incentives send a clear message: We want more police officers serving San Francisco,” Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told KRON.
Additional points that the contract contains are:
3% raises for officers at five, seven and eight years of service to improve officer retention.
Advancement to the next pay step after one year instead of two for side officers.
Expanding a pilot program to provide emergency childcare benefits to officers held for mandatory overtime, called back to work, or held over the schedule.
Mayor London Breed said the contract is an important step in a long-term recruitment and retention strategy.