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March 20, 2008    

Kelly Says Low Starting Salary Is Still Affecting NYPD Recruitment

 The NYPD may soon shrink to its smallest size in 16 years as a result of budget cuts and recruiting woes. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the City Council's Public Safety Committee yesterday that the plan to slash 1,000 officer positions would not affect current operations, but would put pressure on the department. "It is a ludicrous position that we find ourselves in," said Kelly. However, Patrolmens Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch says the cuts would strain the department to the breaking point. The cuts would allow for a maximum of just over 36,000 officers -- down from a high of 40,000 eight years ago. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the positions being cut are jobs that haven't been filled because of a slowdown in recruitment. Kelly argued that the $25,000 starting salary is the main reason for the recruiting problems. But he says a deal is in the works with the PBA that would raise salaries for new officers.