SASKATOON — The Saskatoon Police Service Association has entered into a three-year collective agreement with the Saskatoon Council of Police Commissioners. READ MORE: Careers for women in emergency services The agreement provides for wage increases of one per cent for January 1 and July 1, 2020, 1.6 per cent on July 1, 2021 and 1.5 per cent on July 1, 2022. The agreement is retroactive from January 1, 2020 to December 2022. The previous contract expired on December 31, 2019. “The Council is also pleased with the negotiated agreement and we are confident that the actions taken will continue to contribute to strengthening the culture of community safety in Saskatoon,” said Board Chair Darlene Brander in the statement. The contract, which expires on December 19, 2019, was approved by the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners on June 14, 2019. READ MORE: Troy Cooper sworn in as Chief of Police, embroered by the Aboriginal community A new collective agreement will certify a 6.5 per cent pay increase to members of the Saskatoon Police Association (SPA) over three years. “We believe that the agreement reached is fair to our members and is consistent with other pre-air police services.” More than 500 police officers have been strongly sworn in, and we represent our members in terms of services, discipline and contracts. We are working with our police colleagues to improve the working conditions of public servants here and across Canada. We proudly serve and protect those who serve and protect. According to a joint press release, 76.8% of members voted in favour of the new treaty.

. The 509 active members receive retroactive increases of 1.3 per cent from 1. January 2017 and 1.45 per cent from 1 December 2017, with an increase of 2 per cent on 1 December 2018 and 1.75 per cent on 1 October 2019. Dean Pringle, president of the SPA, said they were able to reach an agreement without having to go to arbitration. “It is always preferable for both parties to reach a negotiated solution rather than a third party to make a distinction that is not suitable for any of the participants,” Pringle said in a statement.