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Police union files claim against Mesa

MESA – A union representing Mesa police officers is moving toward filing a lawsuit against the city and its police department, claiming SWAT officers are owed $225,000 in pay.

The Mesa Police Association filed a notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, against the city and the police department last month. The union is seeking the damages that include $9,000 for each of the 25 SWAT officers for standby pay it contends has not been paid since January.

The claim contends Mesa has been violating a policy that keeps SWAT officers on standby for emergency situations, such as barricade and hostage standoffs. It says city officials acknowledged in April that policy was being violated.

By law, Mesa has 60 days to respond to the claim. If the city does not, it is deemed denied and it can progress to a lawsuit.

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