The City of New Bedford has a new four year contract with its police officers.  The package was signed Tuesday at City Hall by Mayor Jon Mitchell and Union President Hank Turgeon.   The last police contract expired in June of 2011.

The new contract calls for zero wage increases for the first two years, then increases of no more than 1.5% every six months thru June of 2015.  Mayor Mitchell called the deal "fair and equitable"....

Mitchell says the total cost of the package is $4.3 million over the four year life of the contract.  Its being presented to the City Council on Thursday night.

The city also included additional funding for the education of police offices.  That benefit had been cut when the state said several years ago, it could no longer fund the "Quinn" Bill.