Compromise reached in battle over MPD overtime, MFD pay raises

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - City leaders reached a compromise over police overtime in the upcoming Memphis budget.

City council members head back to the budget table Tuesday morning, but Monday, WMC Action News 5 learned the council reached a deal to cut proposed Memphis Police Department overtime pay.

Mayor Jim Strickland proposed upping MPD's overtime money by $5 million. Council members pushed back against the mayor, but it turns out both sides came to an acceptable compromise.

WMC Action News 5 sources said the deal will add $3.3 million in overtime pay to MPD's budget.

The $2.7 million reduced from the proposed overtime increase will go to funding a one percent across-the-board raise for non-police employees--including firefighters.

"We have a crime problem in this city and it has to be addressed," Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams said. "We have to get enough officers to be able to address it."

Williams said officers need to be on the street. The department is down around 300 officers and last year MPD went over budget by $11 million.

Councilman Berlin Boyd was the one to make the recommendation to cut the funds.

"We just need to be fiscally responsible and make sure we can live within our means," Boyd said.

Boyd said the MPD budget is padded with close to $30 million for positions that are not currently filled and the cuts were made with this in mind.

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