A wage dispute between Waterloo Regional Police officers and the police board is headed for arbitration.

It’s the first time this has happened in 40 years. An arbitration date of November 8th has been set.

The Record reports the contract expired last December for close to 800 officers.

The head of the Waterloo Regional Police Association tells the paper local police are being offered less than what officers with similar sized services have received.

“It comes to a point in time that neither side is going to budge, so to continue to negotiate is a waste of time.” said Bruce Tucker.