New York Daily News

Judge sides with officers in job hunt


February 10, 2006--Thirty-five NYPD officers who applied to work for the higher-paying Port Authority police department moved closer to their dream jobs yesterday when a judge ordered the NYPD to release their personnel records.

The cops sued earlier this week, saying their chances of changing departments were stymied when the NYPD refused to allow investigators for the Port Authority to view the candidates' personnel records.

"The city can't hire enough police officers and can't honestly keep the ones they have from leaving for better opportunities, so they resort to underhanded tactics like refusing to share personnel information," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.

Port Authority cops earn 30% more than NYPD cops, according to court papers.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam issued a temporary restraining order barring the NYPD from refusing Port Authority investigators access to personnel files of job candidates.

She ordered both sides back to court March 3 for further arguments.

The city is mulling an appeal, sources said. NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Andrew Schaffer said most employers refuse to furnish personnel files to other potential employers to avoid being sued.