Peoria Police contract approved

By Audrey Williams

November 27, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Tuesday night, the Peoria City council approved a contract with the city's Police Union.

The one year contract gives officers a two percent wage increase and a $400 signing bonus.

It also gives the police chief authority to place an employee who has been charged with a criminal offense on restricted duty.

"It gives me the opportunity, rather than having somebody off of work pending a hearing, a plenary hearing, any number of circumstances, I can still put them to work in the mean time, if it's appropriate," said Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard.

Recently, several Peoria police officers have been disciplined in connection to a wrecked city vehicle in July.

The contract was approved unanimously. It will take effect on January 1.

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