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updated: 2/19/2014 4:53 PM

Palatine, police officers approve new contract

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The Palatine Fraternal Order of Police and Village of Palatine have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that will increase officer pay by 3.9 percent in its first year.

Palatine Village Manager Reid Ottensen said both sides worked together to come to a quick agreement.

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"It has been a very positive relationship," Ottensen said. "They truly believe in keeping police officers on the streets and avoiding layoffs."

In the previous collective bargaining agreement, Ottensen said, officers took less pay as a way to avoid losing staff. He said the village saved $360,000 on police salaries during that time. The new contract will bring officers' salaries close to the average for police in neighboring communities.

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