DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s another major step forward in the city of Detroit’s fight to avoid an emergency manager. Mayor Dave Bing Friday announced that he and his negotiating team have reached a tentative agreement with the city’s police unions.

According to a statement released by the mayor’s office, it’s a deal that city leaders believe will facilitate “necessary structural changes and cost-saving measures to resolve the city’s financial crisis.”

“The Police Unions and my administration have negotiated a tentative agreement which provides much needed savings, but does not sacrifice public safety,” said  Bing.

Members of the city’s police unions will still need to ratify the agreement.  Bing has said that once the police unions make a deal, the city’s firefighters are expected to follow suit.

This follows Bing’s announcement last week that had reached a tentative agreement with a major coalition of unions that represent about 6,000 non-uniform city workers.

These developments come a state review team is inspecting Detroit’s finances as part of the process to determine if an emergency manager is needed.

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