After nearly two years without a raise, Honolulu police officers are finally getting a bump in pay.
The outcome of arbitration between the State of Hawaii Police Officers Union (SHOPO) and the counties.
According to Budget Council Chairperson Ann Kobayashi, police officers will receive a four-percent pay raise compounded over four years, equaling approximately 16.8 percent over the next four years.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell released the following statement on Friday:
“Supporting our police officers and paying them competitive salaries is very important to recruiting and maintaining the strongest police force for Honolulu and keep us one of the safest big cities in America. However, the wage increases set by the arbitration panel are far more than we anticipated. My priority for this administration is to focus on providing improved core services, such as road repaving, sewer infrastructure, bus and rail transit, and better maintenance of our parks facilities. It is clear that the City administration and the Honolulu City Council will need to address revenue enhancements while looking for additional cost savings if we are going to meet our financial obligations. City expenses continue to rise, and, as leaders, we will need to find new ways to pay for these expenses while providing needed services to all of our residents.”
“First of all, I won’t second guess what the mayor has said and also councilmember Kobayashi. That’s within their duties and responsibilities. My job is to represent the officers and their families,” SHOPO President Tenari Maafala said. “And what they deserve, although you can’t put a price on life, but this is a step in the right direction for our officers to provide for their families, albeit higher education for their children and better equipment.”
SHOPO represents 2,900 police officers across the state.
They’ve been working without a contract since 2011.