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The Seattle Police Officers' Guild (SPOG), which represents over 1,300 Seattle police officers, has approved their new contract with the city, moving Seattle closer to fulfilling reforms mandated by a federal court. The contract, which has not been released publicly, still needs to be approved by the City Council.

Mayor Jenny Durkan will send the contract to the City Council sometime in October, according to a spokesperson for the mayor.

The council overhauled the police accountability process over a year ago, but several of those reforms were delayed because of ongoing negotiations with the city's largest police union. The union has been working without a contract since 2014.

The Seattle Times Steve Miletich reported last month that the union was given 17 percent raises in exchange for agreeing to the reforms, which include bringing more civilian oversight to investigating police misconduct cases and making it easier to fire officers for being dishonest.

The Community Police Commission, a citizen police oversight body created as part of the recent police reform process, said in a statement that they had not seen details of the contract.

"We have yet to receive a copy of the contract. When we do, we will conduct a thorough review to make sure it puts the Seattle Police Department on the right track to positive and sustained reforms," according to CPC Spokesperson Jesse Franz.

SPOG has been working without a contract with the city for more than three years and sued the city over unfair labor practices when the city passed its federally-mandated police accountability package last year. The union will supposedly drop that lawsuit if this contract is approved by the City Council, according to Miletich.

If I confirm more details I'll add them to this post. And when the contract becomes a matter of public record next month we'll do our due diligence seeing what kind of police reforms our taxpayer dollars were able to buy.