New Police Union Contract Passes

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CHAMPAIGN- City council members approved a new three-year police union contract on Tuesday.

Passed by the union in November, the contract calls for mandatory drug and alcohol tests if an officer discharges a weapon on duty.

Officers are also now be offered a $3,000 incentives to move within the city. Human Resources Director Chris Bezruki says currently, nearly 75 percent of officers live out of town.

The two changes are very much in sync with the initiatives proposed in April 2010 by activist groups, including Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice.

Co-founder Aaron Ammons says he is "overall pleased" with the new contract.

Other changes involve pay raises to union members based on how long they have served within the department.

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