New York Daily News

August 12, 2002

Web's jobs may click with cops

By Bob Kappstatter and Maki Becker

With a click of a mouse on the police union's Web site, New York cops can now scroll through a current list of law enforcement job openings across the country — many offering higher pay and better benefits than the NYPD.

Some examples: The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has immediate openings, with starting pay in the sunny, seaside city at $39,686.

Seattle — the land of Starbucks and Microsoft — starts its Finest at $46,146.

And police trainees in Santa Cruz, Calif. — beloved by surfers and vegetarians — are paid $4,000 a month.

New York's Finest start at $31,000 a year.

The New York Patrolmen's Benevolent Association's new "employment" Web page was added Monday — in the midst of the union's negotiations for a 23% pay hike over the next two years.

The PBA makes no bones about the timing of the new listings; there has been talk of a police wildcat strike over the pay issue. Tomorrow, cops are joining forces with city firefighters at a noon rally in Times Square.

"The impetus [for the new Web page] was that the morale of the police officers in New York City is so incredibly low and they are so frustrated and we've received so many requests from them to find other opportunities," said PBA spokesman Al O'Leary. "So we made a decision to do it."

NYPD officials did not immediately comment.