HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The State of Hawaii Police Officers Union (SHOPO) has been awarded a 16.8% raise over a period of four years in arbitration starting July 1.
Jay Parasco, Communications Specialist from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office released this statement:
"Supporting our police officers and paying them competitive salaries is very important to recruiting and maintaining the strongest police force for Honolulu and keep us one of the safest big cities in America. However, the wage increases set by the arbitration panel are far more than we anticipated.
"My priority for this administration is to focus on providing improved core services, such as road repaving, sewer infrastructure, bus and rail transit, and better maintenance of our parks facilities. It is clear that the City administration and the Honolulu City Council will need to address revenue enhancements while looking for additional cost savings if we are going to meet our financial obligations.
"City expenses continue to rise, and, as leaders, we will need to find new ways to pay for these expenses while providing needed services to all of our residents."