Richmond Police Department officers will receive 3% raises over the next two years.

The city of Richmond and John Hennigar Lodge No. 63 of the Fraternal Order of Police reached agreement on a new two-year contract for 2024 and 2025. Richmond’s Board of Public Works and Safety approved 3-0 the contract Dec. 14. The 1.5%, non-compounding raises each year match those negotiated by Richmond Fire Department’s International Association of Firefighters AFL-CIO Local 1408 in its contract for 2023 and 2024.

With the raises, the department’s base salary, that of a first-class patrol officer, will be $56,744.99 during 2024 and $57,583.59 during 2025. Higher-ranking officers receive wage differentials from the patrol officer’s base salary. The 2025 differentials will range from $2,701.71 for investigators to $9,007.85 for captains.

Officers also receive longevity pay, beginning at $1,000 after the first year of service and increasing cumulatively 1.25% of a first-class patrol officer’s base pay each year thereafter.

Richmond Common Council had on its Dec. 18 agenda an ordinance amending the 2024 RPD salary ordinance with the new wage figures.

The new contract continues allowing RPD 76 officers. The new contract also enables hires from other departments or lateral transfers to receive equivalent vacation days based on years of service up to five years. 

It also combines birthday, anniversary date, personal and bonus days off into 10 allowable “contract days,” rather than personal days.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 20 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Mike Emery is a reporter and layout editor for the Western Wayne News.