- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit has reached a contract agreement with its largest police union that will give officers a 15.5 percent pay raise over five years.

The union signed the contract Wednesday with Mayor Mike Duggan. Officers will get an 8 percent raise up front, and 2.5 percent increases for each of the following four years. The deal also gives $6 million in bonuses to all unionized public safety workers.

The Detroit Police Department will be allowed to hire retired officers for non-patrol jobs. About 150 officers will move from desk duty to patrols.

The city says the wage increases come from savings in the department’s operations.

The union president says he has been working on the contract since September 2013. The deal comes after years of wage cuts for all city employees.

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