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City Council votes unanimously to approve new APD contract

November 15, 2018 - 5:30 pm
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin Police have a new contract, after serving for nearly a year without one.

Austin City Council voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to accept the $44.6 million contract. The Austin Police Association voted to approve the contract earlier Thursday morning.

The contract calls for a 7 percent pay increase for officers over the course of four years, and calls for a new Office of Police Oversight to be created.

A group of Council members spoke at City Hall Thursday morning in support of the contract, ahead of the scheduled Council meeting. District 10's Alison Alter praised the new agreement. "I believe we are stronger when there is no ‘us’ vs. ‘them’, but a ‘we’ who are committed to securing the best future for Austin," said Alter.

In December 2017, Council rejected a five-year contract that would have cost $82 million.

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