Sept. 11 will be a paid holiday for police officers in one Massachusetts city despite the opposition of some critics.

The Peabody city council approved funds for a new police contract Thursday night by a vote of 7 to 4.

The union says the new holiday is a way to honor those who responded to the 2001 terrorist attacks. But critics have seen it as exploiting a national tragedy.

Council member Arthur Athas, who voted against the contract, says the idea of a paid 9/11 holiday "doesn't sit right."

But member Barry Osborne says no one intended to make light of the attacks.

Officers who work Sept. 11 will get an extra 25 percent pay.