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September 29, 2008

New York City Police To Get 17 Percent Pay Hike Over 4 Years

New York, NY (AHN) - New York City police officials will receive a pay hike of 17 percent spread over four years, while starting pay of rookie cops will also go up.

It will be a windfall for the city's 23,000 police officers as the salary adjustment is retroactive to Aug. 1, 2006 and will run until July 31, 2010. Meanwhile the starting wage of new recruits would go up to $40,000 yearly from the current $36,000.

The contract was approved by 99.4 percent of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the U.S.' largest municipal police union. It was the first agreement between New York City and the PBA which did not have to go through a state arbitration panel.

New York City police officers used to enjoy the distinction of being the highest paid in the land, but their pay has fallen behind the past few years. Since late 1993, officers from San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Jose have received higher compensation than cops in the Big Apple.