City of Hamilton, FOP reach agreement to reduce police force

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The City of Hamilton and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 38 have reached an agreement to reduce the number of sworn police officers from a contractually allowed 120 to 105 in the next year.

Currently, the Police Department has 113 sworn officers, but the FOP agreed not to fill open positions due to ongoing negotiations which began last fall.

In addition, the FOP also agreed not to receive any raises through the duration of the agreement, which will be in effect until the end of August, 2014.

In 2008 the Hamilton Police Department had 126 sworn officers, and since then through negotiations with the FOP and reductions in response to budget issues, the police department has slimmed down to its current 113 sworn officers in addition to eliminating 14 support positions.

Previously, in mid-year 2009 the FOP entered into concession talks with the City of Hamilton and voluntarily took furlough days, gave back other monetary benefits and agreed to no raises in 2010.

With this most current agreement, the members of the Hamilton FOP will have voluntarily agreed to a total of 4 years of no wage increases so far, in addition to the other concessions.

"We continue to monitor the City's financial condition and I think it's important to note that we entered these negotiations well before Senate Bill 5 was ever introduced," said FOP president Brian Robinson.

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