Police Ratify Contract Agreement with USF

TAMPA, FL (Thursday, January 24, 2008)– The University of South Florida and the Police Benevolent Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for the University Police Department. PBA presented the contract to membership on Wednesday, January 23, and it was ratified by a vote of 24-4. Next, the University will present the articles to the USF Board of Trustees for ratification.

“We had the best and strongest package in the State University System because we believe our initiative to strengthen campus safety is critical,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “We believe this new contract will make the University more competitive with other police agencies in the area.”

“We are pleased that the University of South Florida and the Police Benevolent Association have reached a tentative agreement,” said Greg Stout, President of the Tampa Chapter of the PBA. “Campus safety is our number one priority and with this agreement we are on the way to attracting and retaining quality law enforcement to the University. This agreement is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of both negotiation teams with special thanks to Sandy Lovins of USF and Attorney Robert McCabe of the PBA.”

In addition, the University quickly acted last Friday to raise the starting salary of police officers from $35,041 to $38,000 per year.

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