The collective agreement between the Saanich Police Department and the Saanich Police Association expired on December 31, 2015 and the two sides began negotiations in September. The police office and the Saannich police association agree on the terms of a new collective agreement. File photo. The Saanich police prefecture and the union representing its police force have ratified a new collective agreement. The new agreement also includes other adjustments to benefits and allowances, as well as language updates, to reflect current legislation and behavioural changes, according to a joint communication from the Saanich Police Authority and the Saanich Police Association. The move has drawn criticism and even outrage, but Mayor Richard Atwell, who chairs the police council, defended the deal as a « good deal for Saanich taxpayers, » which saves more than $22,000 and decouples Downie`s salary from the collective bargaining agreement. Saanich Police said the agreement is consistent with other municipal policies in the province and in accordance with contracts for Victoria and Central Saanich police. The new agreement is a three-year contract retroactive to January 1, 2016. It includes wage increases of 3.5 per cent on January 1, 2016, 2.5 per cent on January 1, 2017 and 2.5 per cent on January 1, 2018. According to salaries published online, Saanich police salaries range from 64,516 to 105,990 $US as of January 1, 2015. The news of the deal came after the public heard this September Saanich paid chief constable Bob Downie 378,790 $US in combined pensions and the time accumulated after his retirement on July 31, just to rehire him as a contractor for two years (plus one year option), with an annual salary of about $222,711 plus benefits, leave , and leave allowances. A joint statement from the Saanich Police and Saanich Police Association said the « negotiated increases are consistent with the agreements reached by most other B.C. municipal policies » and « consistent » with the agreements reached in Victoria and Central Saanich.
Nearly two years after the previous contract expired, an agreement was reached between the Saanich police and their officials. The collective agreement between The Saanich Police Prefecture and the Saanich Police Association expired on 31 December 2015. In September 2017, the parties began negotiations on the terms of a new agreement. Negotiations ended in October and both sides ratified the agreement. The Saanich Police Prefecture and the Saannich Police Association are convinced that this agreement constitutes a fair settlement within the framework of the municipal police labour market. The new agreement is valid for three years until December 31, 2018 and includes salary increases of 3.5% on January 1, 2016, 2.5% on January 1, 2017 and 2.5% on January 1, 2018. The negotiated increases are consistent with the agreements of most other municipal police forces in British Columbia and are consistent with the agreements reached in Victoria and Central Saanich. There have been other minor adjustments to benefits and allowances, as well as language updates, to reflect existing legislation and changes in practices. Particular attention has been paid to the need for a new language to involve all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The new agreement also contains a more inclusive language.