NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has signed an ordinance that will raise police pay in the city next year.

The City Council approved the ordinance last week.

NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune reports that Landrieu signed the plan Tuesday afternoon. It raises pay by 10 percent for many officers — with higher pay boosts for some more experienced and higher ranking personnel.

Officials are hoping the new plan will help the city stop attrition and boost the ranks of a department that critics say has become seriously under-staffed in recent years. Entry-level pay would jump from $42,400 a year to $46,900 annually.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com