Omaha Council Approves New Contract With Police Union

The Omaha City Council has approved a new 5-year contract with the union representing the city’s police officers, even while acknowledging that the contract doesn’t overhaul the police department the way some residents wanted.

         The new contract doubles the probation period for new officers to 2 years, which supporters say allows an extra year for Police Chief Todd Schmaderer to monitor new hires, identify problematic behavior, and remove those who fall short without appeal.

      The contract also creates a three-member committee to review appeals by officers who have been reprimanded, and ot streamlines the way residents can file complaints against officers.