For the police officials uniting in the Council Chambers, that was what they wanted, but not quite. Welcome to the Denver Police Protective Association. As leaders, we strive to bring strong and effective representation to your workplace. We also undertake to extend into the Community beyond the framework of the negotiating table. Many demonstrators rejoiced at the «no» votes and hoped for a defunding of the police. A third party will define the details of the contract between the Denver police union and the city after negotiations broke a deadlock. The Hancock government continued negotiations after the Council rejected the treaty. Because negotiations are taking place behind closed doors, the exact differences between the police union and the administration cannot be revealed, said Ryan Luby, a spokesman for the city`s attorney`s office. «Mayor Hancock thanks the AAE for its continued willingness to live together to address the fiscal challenges the city is currently facing. The agreement initially negotiated with the ECA, confirmed by arbitration, saves the City nearly $US 5 million and also maintains the Mayor`s goal of offering a modest salary increase to our police officers in 2022.
«According to a survey conducted by outsidethebadge.com in 2020, Colorado #8 ranks in the top 10 police officer earnings; Forbes April 23, 2020, the article places Colorado also #8; Police One, Colorado, ranks in the top 10 for making a living as a police officer (#6) and an April 2018 article by Andrew Lisa of GoBankingRates considers colorado #8 to be the highest paid in the U.S. (using data from the Bureau of Labor statistics 2017). Your association, the AAE, has played an important role in taking you there. We are strong and we will remain strong, and all this is thanks to you, our members! Mayor Michael Hancock, whose administration is negotiating with the police union, condemned the city council`s decision. The agreement is «the best possible deal on behalf of our taxpayers and the officials who protect them and balances the sacrifice that public servants must make during an economic downturn, with our chartered responsibility for public safety,» he said in a statement. An urban and national regulation on police funding and reform also coloured the debate. While some council members saw a «no» to the contract as a way to turn off the tap on policing expenses, Councillor Robin Kniech said the union had no control over other parts of the DPO`s budget, such as the number of public servants hired. The refusal sent the city and the union back to the bargaining table where, according to a city press release, they failed to reach an agreement. The new contract is expected to start on January 1.
City councilors who voted against the contract said they were uncomfortable guaranteeing police officers more money without knowing what Denver`s economy will look like. Some members said they felt excluded from the trial. In September, the Denver City Council voted 8-5 against the proposed collective agreement between the city and the union. «Tonight`s council decision is not only short-sighted and irresponsible, it continues to endanger municipal employees and services and budget cuts and shows utter disregard for police officers willing to participate in the victims that our current budget situation demands,» the mayor wrote. Mayor Michael Hancock`s office issued the following statement on the deal: On Tuesday, the DPPA announced that an arbitrator had made a decision reflecting a preliminary agreement approved by union members earlier this year. The city`s statutes prohibit police officers from striking or slowing down their work in negotiations. The Denver Police Protection Association and the city «have not reached an agreement» and are «at an impasse» in their negotiations, a joint statement on Oct. 16 said. . . .