Sept. 11 Becomes Paid Holiday for Police in Boston Suburb

In what may be a first-of-its kind contract provision, police officers in Peabody, Mass., will receive holiday pay on Sept. 11.

The new four-year contract between the city and its police union makes the anniversary of the terrorist attacks a paid holiday, with officers receiving time and a quarter for working on that day.

The New York City police department does not recognize Sept. 11 as a paid holiday. And representatives of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the International Union of Police Associations told The Salem News they were unaware of any locals that had negotiated similar provisions.

The Peabody contract, which gives officers a 13 percent pay hike over four years, also allows random drug testing and makes concessions on health care.