After working nearly three years without a contract, amid a lot of uncertainty, Seattle Police have reached a tentative agreement on a new four year contract.

It will be a cost of living increase, retroactive to 2011, but, no numbers were given.

It needs a vote by the full union membership and approval by the Seattle City Council.

It allows for the contract to be reopened, so that any changes in officers' working conditions can be negotiated.

That includes changes that may come with court mandated reforms of SPD.

Seattle Police Officers' Guild President, Sgt. Rich O'Neill, says the contract will be a boost to officers' morale.

Morale has been very low and I think this will be a boost in the arm. All the posturing will be put behind us, he said.

The agreement doesn't answer the question of who pays O'Neill's salary. Now, taxpayers pay $125.000 for his salary and benefits. O'Neill also gets a stipend from the union.

City Council Member Bruce Harrell says he'll reopen the contract to settle that dispute.

The mayor's office says the increase in police salaries will be effect how many cops are on the street in the future.

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