SPOKANE, Wash. - Rank and file officers with the Spokane Police Department have tentatively approved a new contract that provides them raises and clears the way for widespread use of body cameras.
Police have won an eight percent pay raise spread out over eight years, including a retroactive increase for 2012. In return, officers will be paying more for their health insurance.
However, Spokane Mayor David Condon said he was unhappy the police guild has not agreed to give ombudsman more authority to independently investigate claims against the department.
Police Chief Frank Straub said state labor laws prevent him from forcing the ombudsman issue so it has to be negotiated with the guild.