Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents unanimously approved its new four-year contract agreement with the EMU chapter of the Police Officers Association of Michigan, during a special meeting of the board July 24.

The police union, which represents 21 EMU Department of Public Safety officers, ratified the new agreement June 26.

The contract, which will run through June 2016, provides for salary increases of 0 percent in the first year and 1 percent in the second year, and 2 percent in the third and fourth years, as well as a $1,250 lump sum increase to base wages for each bargaining unit member effective January 2013.

According to an EMU press release, under the new agreement the police officers will be covered by new healthcare options recently introduced for the university’s administrative professional and administrative hourly employees, athletic coaches and confidential clerical staff. The options are set to take effect in January 2013.