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Raises approved for St. Charles patrol officers, sergeants

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department’s patrol officers and sergeants will receive a raise this year and the next three years under new agreements recently approved by the St. Charles City Council.

This week, the council unanimously approved a four-year agreement that gives patrol officers a 2.75 percent increase for each fiscal year of the contract, which is effective from May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2017.

The pay increases – which also include boosts to the uniform allowance and the field training officer – cost about $722,600, according to city documents.

Of the police department’s 70 personnel, 51 are sworn officers – 40 of whom are in the patrolmen’s union, spokesman Paul McCurtain said.

About six of the sworn officers are sergeants, whose contract will run from May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2017, was approved last month. That agreement awarded a 2 percent increase each year.

Under the previous contracts, the police unions both received raises the last three years – 3.75 percent, 4 percent and 4.25 percent. Neither had a wage increase in fiscal 2009-2010.

According to the St. Charles Police Department’s annual report, the number of calls for service in 2012 was the lowest it has been in 11 years.

Police responded to 15,727 calls that year, a 3 percent decline from 2011 and 18 percent lower than 2008.

The city has budgeted about $25.7 million for police and fire for fiscal 2013-14, according to city documents.

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