Police officers agree to two-year contract

San Diego police officers have agreed to a two-year contract and forego across-the-board pay hikes, the San Diego Police Officers Association announced Monday.

“The agreement will promote officer retention, allow greater flexibility in administering health care options for our active members, and encourage the city and SDPOA to resolve differences over the costs associated with retiree health care and the Deferred Retirement Option Plan,” Brian Marvel, president of the SDPOA, said in a statement.

Under the contract, the SDPOA will be allowed to offer an additional, cheaper health care plan to its members and will explore moving officers to the state’s employee retiree health care system, CalPERS.

The contract, which takes effect July 1, now goes to the City Council for approval.

The SDPOA represents more than 1,800 members of the San Diego Police Department.