LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Metro police officers are getting a raise after the department struck a deal with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.
For many in the department, it is a much welcomed agreement.
A quick "aye" has been a long time coming -- the first multi-year contract since 2005, including raises, for the men and women of Metro.
"I didn't think we would get 2 years out of this," he said.
This is a promising move for Sheriff Doug Gillespie, but it needs to be conservative.
The labor agreement between Metro and the Las Vegas Police Protective Association includes a 1.5 percent cost of living allowance which takes effect July 1, and a 2 percent increase in July 2015 as well as covering insurance increases for the 2014 fiscal year.
"I think it means stability for the men and women out there," said Las Vegas Police Protective Association Executive Director Chris Collins.
Collins, who joined Metro 30 years ago, has witnessed the practically year-round negotiations since 2009.
"Through the downturn in the economy we lost 426 police officer positions, we lost correction officer positions," Collins said.