- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city of San Diego and its police officers union have tentatively agreed on a five-year contract that aims to stop officers from leaving for higher-paying jobs.

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Friday that an average of 11 officers a month are leaving, many for jobs at Southern California law enforcement agencies that pay better. As a result, San Diego is nearly 200 officers short of its 2,000-plus budgeted positions.

The agreement calls for an increase in health benefits and a salary raise of more than 6 percent in 2019 and 2020. A voter-approved measure to cap pension contributions through 2018 prevents a pay increase for the first three years.

The deal is subject to approval of the City Council and the San Diego Police Officers Association.

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