SAN ANTONIO - District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino issued the following statement regarding the City Council's approval of a new collective bargaining contract with the San Antonio Police Officers Association:
"Today the City Council voted 9-2 to approve the collective bargaining contract with the San Antonio Police Department.
In doing so, the city has:
1. Secured its AAA bond rating as we come upon the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget session and the 2017-2022 Bond
2. Provided compensation that is fair to our police officers and the city.
I want to move forward with the progress we've made on healthcare benefits. I want a collaborative relationship with the police union. I want our officers to have the pay, benefits, and support they deserve.
Most importantly, I want all of our citizens to have a first-rate level public safety.
We must continue the dialogue between the community, activist groups, the San Antonio Police Department and the city. Only then, can we reshape and reform the deficiencies in accountability measures, use of force and overall policing policies.
I am confident that the city will continue to be proactive in improving the relationship between the community and SAPD with initiatives like the Mayor's Council on Police Community Relations and the body camera program.
San Antonians hold their city to high standards, so we must continue to hold our police officers, our firefighters and ourselves to those very standards."
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