BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Metro Council approved increasing pay for police, fire, EMS, and City-Parish employees in Wednesday’s meeting.

The mayor’s office said pay increases go into effect on Sept. 10, and will increase municipal fire and regular classified/unclassified employees’ pay by 5% and increase municipal police employees’ pay by 7%.

“In addition to the 7% across-the-board raise proposed for municipal police personnel, future entry-level police officers will be hired at a special recruiting rate of step 5,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s office. “After one year, an entry level police officer, with a bachelor’s degree hired at step 5 that has received a 3% merit raise at six months of employment, and has become eligible for state supplemental pay, will have a base salary of approximately $50,000. These additional pay increases, when added to the 6% granted in 2021, will bring salaries for Baton Rouge Police Officers comparable to other local law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area. All police officers that are currently below step 5 will be increased to this step upon implementation of the amended pay plan.”

The mayor said this City-Parish-wide increase in pay is the first since 2015.

In Wednesday’s meeting, the Metro Council approved $48 million in American Rescue Plan funds for public safety and infrastructure, and a new redistricting map was approved.