New York Daily News

June 11, 2002

Union Blames Cop Exodus on Low Pay

The city is losing experienced officers at a record clip, and low salaries are to blame, union officials declared yesterday.

From January to May, 481 police officers quit the NYPD - 56% more than during the same period last year - many of them lured by jobs at higher-paying police departments, said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

The PBA projected that 1,154 officers will resign by year's end, a marked increase over the five-year average of 654.

In addition, the number of retiring cops increased to 1,107 over the first five months of the year, compared with 996 in 2001, according to PBA figures.

Contract negotiations between the city and the PBA are being arbitrated by the state Public Employees Relations Board, which is expected to reach a binding decision in the coming weeks.