- Associated Press - Monday, February 20, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Boston’s mayor and the city’s largest police union have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract for its 1,500 patrol officers.

The city’s chief financial officer tells The Boston Globe members of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association will receive a 2 percent increase each year for four years.

Officers who obtain additional education will receive full benefits of the so-called Quinn payments, which increase their salaries. Hazardous compensation is also standardized.

City councilors still have to sign off on the contract.

Union officials didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment, but said in a statement the deal benefits both the union and the city and “represents a fair bargain.”

Democratic Mayor Martin Walsh says the contract is affordable and allows the police department to “attract a strong police force.”

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