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Police union and City of Gainesville at contract negotiations impasse

Police contract negotiations

Contract negotiations between the City of Gainesville and the police union have come to an impasse.

The Fraternal Order of Police, which is responsible for negotiating on behalf of GPD officers, and the city, have failed to come to an agreement since October of 2016.

FOP spokesman, Matthew Goeckel, said there is about a two percent difference in pay between what the officers want, and what the city is willing to offer.

"The main issues that we're having right now are in regards to pay, work hours, and educational benefits," said Goeckel. "Basically, what we want to do at the FOP is we want to make the Gainesville Police Department an attractive place to work. We want to be competitive with other agencies, and we need to be able to do that to make sure that we maintain the high quality and high caliber of officers that we've come to expect in Gainesville."

Goeckel said the contract negotiations impasse will not affect the citizens of Gainesville, as officers continue to work throughout the negotiations.

The City of Gainesville has yet to be reached for comment on the issue.

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