Atlantic City public safety building

The Atlantic City Public Safety building file photo taken on April 7, 2017.

Craig Matthews/Staff Photographer

ATLANTIC CITY — The state ratified a new contract with the city’s police union Friday, ending nine months of litigation.

The new contract with Police Benevolent Association Local 24 reduces the number of police officers, increases the number of hours officers work over the course of a year, caps unused sick-time payouts and preserves salary and benefits changes that took effect in March, according to the state Department of Community Affairs.

PBA representatives did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

“The fact that the police union stepped up to get a contract done speaks volumes about their commitment to putting the residents, businesses and visitors of Atlantic City first,” Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state designee leading the financial recovery effort for Atlantic City, said in a statement. “They understand it is going to take compromise and the combined efforts of all stakeholders to bring Atlantic City back from near bankruptcy, and we encourage others to follow the police union’s lead.”

Under the new contract, the department will have 252 officers, down from 283 in November 2016. The contract also replaces the current 10-hour work schedule with a 12-hour schedule.

“The new 12-hour work schedule, along with other changes we’ve made over the course of the year, ensure that public safety will be maintained,” Chiesa said.

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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