The latest agreement provides for salary increases of 3.5% for 2016, 2.5% for 2017 and 2.5% for 2018, and the imminent expiry of the current employment contract completes the list of financial problems facing the new Council. The Vancouver Police Union went to arbitration in 2016 and negotiated a three-year increase that set a standard for other municipal police services. If neither party indicates this, the current agreement will remain in effect „year after year“ until one of the parties makes the announcement. A joint press release from Saanich Police and the Saanich Police Association states that the „negotiated increases are consistent with the agreements of most other municipal police services in British Columbia“ and are „consistent“ with the agreements reached in Victoria and Central Saanich. The language surrounding psychological benefits has been changed to make it easier for police officers to get counseling after a traumatic incident, Douglas said. „Members see some pretty horrible things,“ and now officials can receive more frequent advice. The new agreement is a three-year contract, retroactive to 1 January 2016. It includes salary increases of 3.5% on January 1, 2016, 2.5% on January 1, 2017 and 2.5% on January 1, 2018. According to salaries published online, Saanich police salaries range from 64,516 to 105,990 $US on 1 January 2015. The new agreement will apply for a period of three years ending on 31 December 2018 and will include salary increases of 3.5% on 1 January 2016, 2.5% on 1 January 2017 and 2.5% on 1 January 2018. The negotiated increases are consistent with agreements reached by most other municipal police services in British Columbia and are consistent with agreements in Victoria and Central Saanich.
There have been other minor adaptations to benefits and allowances, as well as language updates, to reflect in practice the legislation and changes in force. Particular attention has been paid to ensuring that the new language includes all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Saanich Police said the agreement was in line with other municipal police in the province and was compatible with contracts for Victoria and central Saanich Police. Const. Paul Douglas, president of the Saanich Police Association, said, „The police are not saying we are underpaid.“ The Saanich Police Council and the Saanich Police Association are convinced that this agreement constitutes fair regulation within the framework of the municipal police labour market. . . .