New York 1 News

September 6, 1999

Commissioner Safir Speaks at PBA Convention

It appears Police Commissioner Howard Safir is trying to improve relations between NYPD brass and the police union. The Daily News reports Friday that Safir appeared at the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association convention yesterday. Safir called for better pay for police officers, and he also criticized the media for its coverage of the department. The commissioner has skipped the PBA convention in the last two years because of a split over salary issues. In July, Safir became the first police commissioner to visit union headquarters to talk with PBA President Pat Lynch. Safir's latest move comes just months after union members unanimously cast a no-confidence vote against him. That vote came after several highly publicized stories surrounding Safir, including his trip to the Oscars and his use of police officers as security at his daughter's wedding.