Las Vegas police seeking pay raise near impasse

November 11, 2013 • State News

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The union that represents Las Vegas police officers says its members are underpaid and deserve a 5 percent raise.

The Las Vegas Police Officers Association has been negotiating with city [auth] officials on a new contract but the two sides haven’t been able to strike a deal despite meeting with a mediator.

Association spokesman officer Chris Lopez tells the Las Vegas Optic ( ) the only issue the union is pushing is the 5 percent raise. That works out to roughly 80 additional cents per hour for line officers.

City Manager Tim Dodge said he can’t discuss negotiations in detail but hopes the two sides can reach a deal.

Lopez says officers earn about $16 an hour and risk their lives daily. Some have left for higher-paying departments.

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