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S.D. in Talks with Police Union

Vital negotiations begin today between the city of San Diego and the police officers' union. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

S.D. in Talks with Police Union

Vital negotiations begin today between the city of San Diego and the police officers’ union. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more

Mayor Jerry Sanders promised in his state of the city speech to carefully consider increasing police salaries and benefits to make them more competitive with other cities.

San Diego’s police force should be more than two thousand strong, but it’s currently short more than 200 officers.

Police Union President Bill Nemec says after a two-year pay freeze, these negotiations are crucial.

Nemec: A lot of the officers are watching to see what the outcome will be because they’re going to have to make some critical career decisions about whether they are going to stay or move to other departments 

The city’s white and blue collar workers will get a four percent raise this summer, after a pay freeze of more than a year. But the mayor is trying to cut a deficit of over $2 billion dollars for commitments made over the past decade to pensions and retiree health. Alison St John, KPBS news.