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January 31st, 2014

CALLS FOR BACKUP: UNHEEDED

CALLS FOR BACKUP: UNHEEDED
The Bakersfield Police Department is experiencing a dearth of qualified candidates to fill its recently expanded force of 389 sworn positions. Labor contract issues, reduced pensions and the lure of coastal cities that offer higher hourly wages may be to blame.
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September 20th, 2013

Tip A Cop Night

The 6th annual Tip-A-Cop Night at Chili’s was another great success thanks to all of our friends who came out and supported the cause. This time we raised over $1,800 for St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital! Special thanks go out to the Chili’s staff who trained us and put up with our rookie servers. We hope to see everyone again in September 2014!

March 13th, 2013

City & Police Association Strike Deal!

Bakersfield.com Wednesday, Mar 06 2013 10:03 PM

City Council, Bakersfield police union strike first contract deal since 2007

BY ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL Californian staff writer aboessenkool@bakersfield.com

With very little fanfare Wednesday night, the Bakersfield City Council approved the first contract, including pay raises, that Bakersfield police officers have had since 2007.

Officers represented by the Bakersfield Police Officers’ Association and city staff have clashed over the last several years in trying to come to an agreement. Police union representatives have demanded an overall 12 percent pay increase paid both retroactively and going forward. City administrators and council members have said that increase is unaffordable, especially in an economic downturn.

The agreement passed by the council Wednesday gives officers two 3 percent salary increases, to be paid retroactively to Dec. 19, 2011, and July 2, 2012. It also includes the possibility of future incremental increases, up to another 6 percent of salary. The agreement lasts only until the end of the current fiscal year, June 30. Another contract would need to be negotiated after that, said Steve Teglia, assistant to the city manager.

“I think BPOA understood the reality of the situation in terms of what the city could reasonably offer and afford,” Teglia said after the council meeting. “I think they understood that the city was willing to work with them, but we had to be reasonable and accountable to fiscal prudence. And ultimately we were able to put together a package that was a benefit to the city and also a benefit to the membership of the police association.”

Det. Todd Dickson, the union’s president, voiced cautious optimism in an emailed statement Wednesday night.

“The men and women of the Bakersfield Police Officers Association are relieved to be able to put the past six years behind them and have voted to ratify this new contract, not only for the economic value of it, but also in the hopes of continuing to improve upon a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation with city leaders,” Dickson said.

But he also appeared skeptical.

“Are the economic increases in this contract agreement what our officers deserve? No, not even close. But the city leaders tell us this is the best that it can do at this time.

“What was crucial for the Association was that the city acknowledged in writing that it owes us 12 percent, and that it has agreed in writing, to a plan to pay us what is owed. We have been told that the city’s ‘intent’ is to pay us what is owed as soon as ‘fiscally possible.’ Whether that takes one year or six years remains to be seen,” Dickson said, referring to the potential future salary increases up to 6 percent. Those increases would be made on top of the two 3 percent increases in order to bring salary increases for police in line with those that other city staff have received.

According to a salary schedule from the city manager’s office, with the two initial 3 percent increases an entry-level police officer would earn $25.69 an hour in base salary, not counting other benefits. At step five of a five-step pay scale, he would earn $31.29 an hour in base salary.

BPOA members voted on the contract on Valentine’s Day, with a majority of the approximately 300 members voting in favor of it, Dickson said.

“It’s been a long, long time,” Councilman Harold Hanson said about the contract. “I’m really pleased about this. I know staff has worked very, very hard and the council members have worked diligently on this thing. These guys (the police officers) are really important to us.”

October 04th, 2012

Billboards Showcasing Frustration Union Has With City

If you drive around Bakersfield, it’s not hard to see how upset the Bakersfield Police Officers Association is with the city about recent contract negotiations. Almost a dozen billboards have gone up stating some city managers got a 19% pay increase, but police officers have received nothing since 2007 And the billboards are showcasing […]