The city police union has been awarded a five-year contract that includes a 7 percent raise over three years, with wages to be negotiated further during the last two years, and a gradual elimination of the residency requirement for officers, the union's website has announced.

The contract award maintains current medical benefits without an increase in contributions for police officers, whose contract usually serves as a template for the city's other three municipal unions. No announcement has been made by the Nutter administration.

Further details are on the FOP's website, at http://www.fop5.org/pdfs/2009ACTIIIARBITRATIONAWARD.pdf.