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Board reviews Police Department agreement

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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The Board of Public Work and Safety met Monday for a makeup meeting and discussed a Police Department employee agreement.

The agreement is between the city and newly hired police officers.

"When we hire on a police officer, the city does have a vested interest in that individual -- monetarily," Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said. "This has been in place before, it's an agreement whereas when this individual comes on board (to the police force) ... we provide things for them, and it's a cost to the city. But basically they sign an agreement where they make an obligation to us also, and it's two years; if they leave early, there's a payback."

Wyndham said the city invests money in training police officers, and this agreement helps keep officers the city trains here for a period of time.

"They (the officers) get through the academy ... and that gives them the opportunity to get on at other police departments and other places. So basically, we have all this money invested in the training, and then they leave us," Wyndham said. "I don't think it's out of line to ask somebody for a bit of a commitment.

"We're making one toward them ... that's what this agreement is about, it's been used before, its been enforced before and it's been successful before."

City Attorney Traci Lawson said if it is the board's intention to continue using this agreement she would like to look over it and make some changes and update it when necessary.

The board agreed it would continue to use the updated version of the agreement when Lawson is finished reviewing it.



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