HPD pay differential adds $43M to contract

HONOLULU (AP) - A pay differential for Honolulu police is adding $43 million to the price of a contract.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the unanticipated expense will cost Oahu taxpayers about 36% more than anticipated.

Hawaii's police officers are getting a 16.8% raise over four years after binding arbitration.

HPD officers have been getting a $1 per hour for what's known as a standard of conduct differential. That differential will increase about $1 every year for four years.

Officers who must carry a firearm 24 hours a day will get a new firearm maintenance annual allowance of $500.

The total contract package comes to about $200 million.

HPD recruits now earn about $51,000 per year. The new agreement will increase the base salary for recruits to nearly $60,000 by 2017.

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