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New VPD contract could affect pay in other police forces

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New VPD deal will raise recruiting bar
A tentative deal with its union will give Vancouver police officers some major new perks and a bump in salary. But it also threatens to create challenges for other municipal police forces trying to recruit the same officers. Catherine Urquhart reports – Nov 24, 2023

As Vancouver police officers are poised to ratify a new collective agreement, it’s expected the new deal will impact other police contracts in the province and across the country.

The tentative deal between the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Police Union will give a first-class officer about $122,000 a year, making them the highest-paid in Canada.

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VPD could become Canada’s highest-paid force

Benefits are also improving for extended health, psychological services, fertility coverage and parental leave.

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“Whether it’s to give them the best benefits in the country along with the number one pay in the country, is very important for us not only to recruit the best for Vancouver but to retain the best for Vancouver,” VPD Deputy Chief Steve Rai told Global News.

VPD’s tentative collective agreement could also impact the RCMP, former B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed said.

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Calgary recruiting new police officers in Metro Vancouver

“Given the fact that Vancouver has a substantial increase in what they’re going to pay their officers in benefits it’s going to attract the people that may have gone to the RCMP over to Vancouver,” he said.

“Vancouver is going to have the cream of the crop that want to enter the policing profession.”

Results of the ratification vote are expected to be public December 8.

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