NLR Police get pay rise

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Mayor Terry Hartwick signed new two-year contracts with the North Little Rock Police Department on Thursday.

Starting in January, rookie police officers will earn $48,000 a year. In 2024, the basic annual salary of a police officer would be $49,440. The current starting salary is $42,240, according to the city’s finance office.

An officer’s salary increases with years of service. According to the contract, an officer with a minimum of 15 years of consecutive service with the City can earn $69,000 in 2023 and $71,070 in 2024.

For supervisors, the annual rate in January will be $80,800 for sergeants, $88,800 for lieutenants and $98,800 for captains. In 2024, the rate increases: $83,224 for sergeants, $91,464 for lieutenants and $101,764 for captains, depending on the contract.

Individuals may earn more, depending on several factors, including level of education and being bilingual.

“Our signing of a contract for an additional two years is very, very significant,” Hartwick said at the North Little Rock Justice Center, where the city held a public signing for the first time.

“I wanted to do this so everyone could see how we get along and how in some of the darkest days for most people they have to step in and do their job when most people just can’t. to understand.”

Capt. Brian Dedrick, who heads the department’s investigations unit and is president of the North Little Rock Police Department Supervisors Association, said police recruiting and retention problems have persisted across the country for some years.

“Our city council approved a raise that we negotiated with the city and the mayor’s office and not only has that helped recruit new officers and increased salaries for new officers, but it also focuses on officer salaries. older and older officers for us to keep here,” Dedrick said.

Detective Michael Gibbons, who is president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said each officer appreciates the “continuing support” of the city.

“We can’t ask for a bigger community than what we have here,” he said. “The love and respect they show for the officers, the support they show for the officers is beyond any other community in the state, if not the country. By signing this contract, increasing the benefits , that helps officers, but that’s not all. It’s really about the family we have here, the love we have, and how our community supports us. Without the community, we don’t are nothing.

The police department currently has 245 officers. There are 39 non-uniform employees and six part-time employees.

The city fire department has 166 firefighters, with three non-uniform positions. Fire Chief Gerald Tucker said about three to eight firefighters retire each year and the department currently has seven vacancies. The Arkansas Fire Training Academy in Camden holds classes five times a year, part of the challenge of recruiting new firefighters, Tucker said.

In 2023, junior firefighters will earn $38,595 per year. This year, the annual salary of an entry-level firefighter was $37,471.

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