Madison Township's police force is working under a new contract after trustees unanimously approved a three-year agreement.

The new pact with Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge 9 and the Madison Township Police Department, which took five bargaining sessions to complete, delivers 3-percent raises in each year. The contract runs from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020. Benefits remain unchanged.

According to information from the township, a new patrol officer will earn $45,822.40 this year under the new contract, up to a maximum of $65,478.40 after five years. A sergeant's starting pay is $70,659.60, up to a maximum $75,940.80 after two years.

The department employs 17 sworn officers, including Police Chief Ken Braden.

— Scott Gerfen/ThisWeek