For the first time in more than two years, Saint John police officers have a contract.
The police association and the police commission coming to agreement on a four year deal which includes wage increase totalling 10.25 percent.
It calls for wage increases of 2.75 percent for 2016 and 2.5 percent for last year, this year and next year.
Saint John Police Commission chair Jennifer Carhart says the new agreement takes into account similar municipal contracts reached in recent months and she also notes the commissison was cognizant of avoiding the arbitration process and the associated costs.
In a statement, Mayor Don Darling says the police are valued employees who help ensure the safety and health of our city adding they deserve our respect.
He goes on to say the city is faced with rapidly escalating costs of emergency services and severe financial pressures across the board.
Darling says common council will have to figure out how to account for this increase because of those financial pressures.
He adds if the province is looking for an example of why the arbitration process is broken they need look no further than Saint John.