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New Collective Agreement for Hanover Police Officers

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Police services board, association reach new deal.

The Hanover Police Services Board and the Hanover Police Association have a new five year contract.

The five year retroactive contract extends from January 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2022.

Police Service Board Chair Don Smith says the agreement exemplifies the excellent working relationship between the Board and the Association.

Despite the lengthy negotiation time, Smith says the agreement was signed without the need of outside mediation.

Member of the Hanover Police Service will experience a wage increase every six month throughout the first four years of the five year contracts, with the average annual wage increase over that time period being 1.9%.

The fifth year increase will be determined by averaging the increases of three other similar sized police services in the region in the previous year.

Smith says concessions were made on both sides to come up with what he calls a fair agreement.

He says while the Police Association will receive wage increases, in turn, the Association has agreed to allow for four part time constables. 

This is an increase of one part time constable.

The addition of an extra part time constable says Smith will help decrease overtime costs for Hanover Police Services.

All in all, Smith says while negotiations were lengthy they were positive and he is very pleased that they have the new agreement in place which will provide stability for all.

Hanover Police Services has 14 uniformed officers, 2 special constables and 4 part time constables. 

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