Bilingual New Orleans Police Department employees are in line for a bonus during times they use their skills as a translator.

The City Council voted unanimously for the increase Thursday, approving changes to the pay plan approved by the Civil Service Commission in September.

Police employees will receive a $1.50 an hour pay increase for time spent performing work as a translator, according to the ordinance.

In order to qualify for the additional pay, employees must pass a test to demonstrate their proficiency and be officially designated by the department as eligible for the bonus.

Last month, the council passed a measure aimed at tracking the administration’s efforts to improve services for immigrants and others who do not speak English as their native language.

Among the yardsticks used to gauge the extent of those services is whether 911 and 311 call centers are staffed with bilingual employees and whether the Police Department can provide real-time translation services.