The West York Borough Council voted Monday to extend a contract with the borough police department by 12 years.
That essentially means the borough will have its own department until at least 2028, a councilman said.
"This is one big step in really ensuring West York Borough will have a police department for a very long time," said Brian Wilson, president of the council.
The extension to the collective bargaining agreement will run from 2017, when the current agreement comes to an end, until 2028, said Shelley Metzler, a councilwoman.
The extension calls for 2 percent yearly pay increases during that time for officers who are part the union, she said, pointing out the increases are "far below cost of living" increases.
There is also a "good faith" clause that allows the borough to address health insurance costs that could increase in time, Wilson said, adding the officers would be responsible to pay for portions of the increases.
The council approved the extension by an unanimous vote.
Old contract: The council narrowly voted to ink a then-new three-year contract with the department in March.
That contract, which runs from 2014 to 2016, calls for 1 percent pay increases in 2015 and 2016.
The pay increases will be honored, and the added 2 percent increases will come into effect starting in 2017, Wilson said.
The three-year contract was approved just weeks after a quest by the council to shop around for police service from outside agencies came to a dramatic end.
At the time, the council had requested proposals from surrounding departments, but the majority of the council ordered the documents destroyed before they were opened.
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