24.1 Increment Increases. Employees will receive an annual salary adjustment on their periodic increment date until such time as the employee reaches the top step of the salary range. Employees shall continue to receive increment increases at the rate of two (2) steps each twelve (12) months unless they are newly hired at step A, in which case they will receive a two (2) step increase at six (6) months then two (2) steps annually thereafter.
24.2 Increment Adjustments. In support of the Department's efforts to strengthen police officer retention, employees at step E shall receive three (3) steps on their annual increment date.