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Master Patrol Officer (MPO) stripes shall be worn on sleeves in the prescribed military manner on long sleeve shirts, jackets, sweaters and dress blouses.

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Officers shall be recognized by the Chief of Police as Master Police Officers and authorized to wear such stripes that ensure appropriate years of service are recognized for each twenty (20) years of service.

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MPO stripes are mandatory and may be purchased from an officer’s clothing allowance.

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MPO stripes shall be non-supervisory and based solely upon years of service.  The MPO designation shall not constitute a civil service position.

ARTICLE XLII

PENSIONS

42.1Pension Plan.Employees shall be covered by the Municipal Employees Retirement System ("MERS"), which shall be administered in accordance with applicable law.  All disputes involving interpretation or application of MERS to members between the City and the Union, or employee (s) shall be resolved in accordance with the procedures specified in the plan or by applicable law and shall not be subject to arbitration under this Agreement.

42.2Disability Pension.  For all police union employees who retire or have retired as a result of a service-connected disability accepted by MERF, the City shall provide both medical and dental insurance coverage.  Said coverage shall be equal to the group health insurance benefit received by the employee when s/he was an active bargaining unit member.  

Employees who have applied for a disability retirement that has not yet been accepted by MERF shall continue to contribute the same premium cost-share as an active bargaining unit member.  Upon acceptance by MERF, the total premium cost-share amount paid after retirement shall be reimbursed to the employee.

Upon reaching the age of eligibility, Medicare shall become the primary health insurance coverage for such retired employees, in accordance with the City’s standard practice for all retirees.  Employees with a service-connected disability retirement, who are not eligible for Medicare, shall be transferred to the City’s regular retiree health plan upon reaching age 65.

ARTICLE XLIII

GENERAL PROVISIONS

43.1 Employees who may be required to attend any Court or hearings, meet with Court officials or investigators for any purpose as it relates to official police business, during their off duty hours shall be paid a minimum of four (4) hours pay at the rate of time and one-half less any amount paid for under state statutes or any other payments received for attending Court hearings.

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