The collective agreement between the Saanich Police Department and the Saanich Police Association expired on December 31, 2015 and the two sides began negotiations in September. RELATED: Saanich Council criticizes mayor over police chief contract Saanich Police Office and the union representing their police have ratified a new collective agreement. Nearly two years after the previous contract expired, an agreement was reached between the Saanich police and their officials. The new agreement also includes other adjustments to benefits and allowances, as well as language updates, to reflect current legislation and behavioural changes, according to a joint communication from the Saanich Police Authority and the Saanich Police Association. Saanich Police said the agreement is consistent with other municipal policies in the province and in accordance with contracts for Victoria and Central Saanich police. The new agreement is a three-year contract retroactive to January 1, 2016. It includes wage increases of 3.5 per cent on January 1, 2016, 2.5 per cent on January 1, 2017 and 2.5 per cent on January 1, 2018. According to salaries published online, Saanich police salaries range from 64,516 to 105,990 $US as of January 1, 2015. The Saanich Police Association (SPA) has been an active participant in the commune since its inception in 1956. The OSG is proud to provide professional representation in collective bargaining, discipline, maladministration and community relations. We support our members and their families in times of emergency and serve as a fundraising medium for some local charities. The police office and the Saannich police association agree on the terms of a new collective agreement.
File photo. Saanich police officers, who acted here against a homeless camp near Carey Road, will have their collective agreement expire at the end of the year. (Black Press file photo) News of the deal sparked public anger and questions about the content and style of the announcement, which sparked a public dispute between then-Mayor Richard Atwell as chairman of the police committee and the rest of the council. A joint statement from the Saanich Police and Saanich Police Association said the “negotiated increases are consistent with the agreements reached by most other B.C. municipal policies” and “consistent” with the agreements reached in Victoria and Central Saanich. According to the draft 2018 budget, Saanich police have 161 civil servants and 60 civilian support posts. Out of 11 municipal police forces, the Saanich Police Force has the second lowest cost per capita at $297, based on a population of 110,889 and a budget of $32.97 million, according to its own documents, with Oak Bay being the lowest at US$270. By comparison, Victoria`s per capita policing costs are approaching 500 $US to 493 $US.
“Both the Saanich Police Association and the Saanich Police Prefecture negotiate the collective agreement in good faith and, as such, it would be inappropriate to discuss possible negotiations in an open forum,” said Sgt.