Landrieu expected to sign police pay raise ordinance

Landrieu expected to sign police pay raise ordinance

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans mayor is set to sign an ordinance Tuesday that will boost the city's police officer's salaries.

The new pay plan would give officers a 10 percent raise, and creates new positions.

The pay plan is based on future earnings from the World Trade Center refinancing deal.

The NOPD hopes the plan will help the department keep officers, while putting pay in line with other departments of similar size in the country.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will sign the ordinance at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Attrition has been one of the major stumbling blocks in boosting the ranks of the NOPD for nearly a decade.

The New Orleans City Council just approved the pay raise plan that increase pay for a "Police Officer 1," as civil service calls it, from $42,400 a year to nearly $46,900. Sergeant pay would see a big boost from $54,400 to nearly $63,200 a year. Captain's pay would increase from $68,900 a year to $77,000.

If all goes well, the raises will go into effect on Christmas Eve.

The new pay plan also provides incentives for officers to attend college.