Spokane City Council reaches agreement with Police Guild

Spokane City Council reaches agreement with Police Guild

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council and the Spokane Police Guild have reached an agreement on an updated tentative contract deal after nearly two years of negotiations.

The five-year contract will cover what many Spokane residents have wanted since Prop. 1 was passed in last February's special election, more power for the Police Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman will now be able to order an independent investigation when internal affairs chooses not to do so, or if internal affairs refuses to investigate at the request of the Ombudsman's office.

Mayor David Condon spoke earlier today about how pleased he is that an agreement was reached saying, "For me, this goes back to the primary concern I have which is building that trust in our police department. This agreement by the guild, by the council and by my administration, really will start to continue that trust that our police department is earning each day."

The agreement will also include the use of body cameras on police officers, as well a two percent pay raise in 2015.