The City Council today approved a measure that will increase the pensions of school police officers and let them retire earlier to receive the full benefits.
Other councilors agreed with Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) that the officers, who are unarmed, deserve better compensation for the often dangerous work they do as first responders at city schools.
The measure would move the school officers into the same pension group as other public-safety officers and would let them retire at 60 instead of 65. They are currently in the same retirement group as general city workers and clerical and administrative workers.
Officials say the move should have little impact on the city budget because there are only 75 school police officers.
Councilor Steve Murphy (at large), who chairs the council's public-safety committee, said the measure is really righting a wrong, because the school officers should have been put in the public-safety retirement classification to begin with.