YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Town Board has come to terms with the Yorktown Police Benevolent Association on a new five-year contract that will increase police salaries by more than 11 percent through the lifetime of the deal.
Under the pact, the police force will see annual raises of 1.5 percent, 1.75 percent, 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent and 2.5 percent in each consecutive year. A detective, for example, would see a salary increase from $121,569 in 2019 to $135,205 in 2024.
The force has 58 sworn members in addition to the chief, Robert Noble: three lieutenants; eight sergeants; seven detectives; seven school resource officers; one crime initiative officer; 31 officers performing patrol and desk duties, and one traffic officer.
The town will pay stipends to the department’s two canine officers ($3,832.50 each) and to the sergeant who oversees the detectives’ bureau ($7,300). Additionally, the town will provide an annual $750 clothing allowance for detectives, uniform cleaning for all officers and reimbursement for the costs of books and tuition for courses that lead to degrees in political science or criminal justice.
When it comes to overtime, officers are paid time-and-a-half for call-outs and court appearances, with a minimum four hours required.
Officers receive between 16 and 25 vacation days a year, depending on seniority. Unused vacation days can be cashed out at retirement.
Yorktown covers 80 percent of the costs of health insurance premiums for new officers. That coverage rises to 85 percent after five years and continues into retirement, with eligible officers paying 15 percent toward the costs of health insurance.
Per an incentive being made available to officers who retire between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of next year, the town will pay 100 percent of insurance premiums for five years from the date of retirement, and in the following years, 85 percent.
Officers also will receive annual “longevity payments” ranging from $500 (five years) to $3,000 (25 years).
The Town Board unanimously approved the contract at its Sept. 1 meeting.