PORTLAND, Ore. — The union for Portland police officers has tentatively agreed to a new three-year contract with higher pay.

The Oregonian/OregonLive (http://goo.gl/nCp8p6) says the top salary for officers and other positions would increase by three percent a year for three years under the tentative deal.

In exchange, the union would drop 11 pending grievances and give up a rule allowing officers to wait 48 hours before being interviewed about the use of force.

Union members are expected to vote on the contract in coming weeks. The City Council is to consider it Sept. 28. If approved, the contract would take effect July 1.

Portland Mayor Charles Hales, who made the police contract a top priority in his final months in office, says it would help recruit and retain officers in the understaffed police department.

Union president Daryl Turner said he’s proud of the agreement.

Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com