February 6, 2017
By Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York, NY – The safest big city in America and the largest union representing the greatest police force in the world have agreed to a five-year contract ensuring every officer on patrol will wear body cameras.
The added transparency and accountability will make the NYPD and New Yorkers even safer and build trust and cooperation.
This agreement with close to 24,000 members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is fair for officers and taxpayers, and is consistent with current labor settlements that have now been reached with every uniformed union in the city. As neighborhood and precision policing drive crime to record lows, this agreement brings police and communities even closer together.
All NYPD patrol officers will carry body-worn cameras by the end of 2019. NYPD will administer naloxone: A lifesaving drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. In addion, PBA officers will receive a pay raise in each year of the contract on par with other uniformed union. The PBA is supporting State legislation to provide three-quarters of salary in the event of disability.
This agreement is an example of the fair, respectful and productive way the City of New York, its unions, the NYPD and 8.5 million New Yorkers are making this a better, fairer city.