“The biggest raise this unit has ever seen.”

A major change for Cleveland police officers announced Friday in a press conference with the mayor and police union leaders.

Mayor Justin Bibb was joined by Captain Jim O’Malley, the President of FOP Lodge #8, Detective Jeff Follmer, President of CPPA, and Deputy Chief of Administrative Operations for the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP), Daniel Fay.

The group agreed to an increase in pay for officers – in exchange for longer shifts.

The I-Team first reported it earlier this week.

Detective Follmer said Friday he hoped the changes would allow the city to keep officers, recruit officers and make the city safe.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts of the agreement:

  • 14% pay increase for officers across the division
  • 12-hour shifts across the division

Mayor Bibb says the move increased the pay ranking from 50th percentile to 75th percentile statewide, a move that the city hopes attracts new officers to a depleted force.

The mayor said it would help in two key areas.

“Allows us to put more resources on the street,” Bibb said. “Allows us to have a better work-life balance for the men and women of our police department.”

“I’m excited about today’s historic agreement,” Bibb said.