The City Council’s finance and police committees signed off on new contracts for police officers and police sergeants Tuesday afternoon without any debate or discussion.

“It is what it is,” 28th Ward alderman Ed Smith muttered after terms of the deals were summarized for committee members. None of the other aldermen in the room had even that much to say about the contracts, which will give rank-and-file officers a 10 percent pay hike over five years and eventually require them to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

But at least the aldermen had a chance to discuss the contracts. Another key matter was left off the agenda altogether: understaffing at the police department during a time of increased violence.