A tentative contract agreement would give Minneapolis police officers raises and $7,000 “incentive” payments. The agreement requires approval from the City Council.
Minneapolis has offered police officers $7,000 payments in an effort to "ensure adequate staffing" ahead of a court deadline to hire 190 additional officers by this summer, according to documents released late Monday.
The city offered the payments — as well as raises and "market adjustments" — as part of a roughly $9 million deal with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. The agreement has support from Mayor Jacob Frey but requires City Council approval, the Star-Tribune reports.
The council was scheduled to discuss the tentative agreement Monday afternoon — before the new documents were released — but decided instead to take until March 22 to review it. Members said they wanted to better understand the terms of the deal and give residents a chance to share their thoughts on it.
Minneapolis now has about 544 officers, about 300 fewer than before George Floyd's killing in 2020, according to one recent count. Many officers left after filing PTSD claims, while some left for other departments claiming to offer more stability or higher pay.