If you live in Palm Beach Gardens, the men and women paid to protect you are for the first time in four years getting more money to do their jobs. 

The city council has approved pay raises for city police officers.  The 2.5 percent raise will kick in next year and will hike the starting salary for a Palm Beach Gardens officer to $49,000 per year. 

This is part of a new three year contract the police reached with the city. 

A number of our local municipalities have merged their police departments with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.