Gov.-elect Pillen agrees to ‘breakthrough’ pay increase for Nebraska troopers

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – State troopers are getting a raise, Gov.-elect Jim Pillen announced in a Wednesday press release.

Pillen said his team made a “breakthrough” agreement with the State Law Enforcement Bargaining Council.

The agreement, which takes effect on July 1, 2023, includes a new hiring rate of $30 an hour – a $5.43 increase from the Nebraska State Patrol’s current rate.

Troopers will also get enhanced pay for specialty assignments, along with incentives for being better trained and equipped, according to the press release.

“The highest calling of the government is to protect its citizens,” Pillen said in a release. “The Nebraska State Patrol is an integral part of keeping our people safe. This new contract is part of my commitment to ensure law enforcement has the necessary tools, funding, and manpower needed to protect our communities. I will continue to look for more opportunities to back law enforcement and invest in our justice system.”

The pay increase is the largest in 20 years for troopers, the press release says.

“This agreement sets NSP up to recruit the next generation of troopers to serve across our state,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the patrol, in the release. “This is the result of excellent collaboration among all involved and a shared mission to keep Nebraskans safe through dedicated law enforcement service.”

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