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New Philadelphia police contract grants raises, some reforms

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PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia police announced a new three-year contract with the city Tuesday that offers raises, along with a $1,500 bonus, but lets the city make some of the disciplinary reforms it sought.The more than 6,000 city officers will see raises of 2.75% this year and 3.5% in each of the next two years.

City officials meanwhile promised more transparency in the disciplinary process a year after protests against police brutality rocked Philadelphia and the nation.

They said the reforms increase penalties for wrongdoing, add a civilian to the three-person review panel and ban officers from fraternizing with hate groups.There were no changes to the residency rule, which allows officers to move outside the city after five years on the.

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