New York Post
October 11, 2002

POACHING BY PAY STUB? COPS RIP CITY'S FDNY RECRUIT BID

By LARRY CELONA

OCTOBER 11, 2002 -- Police officers were outraged yesterday over a city attempt to recruit cops and other city workers into the ranks of the Fire Department.

Pay stubs handed out yesterday to all city workers, including cops, contained a message urging employees to "become a NYC firefighter," recommending that they apply by the end of the month, in time for the November Fire Department exam.

Although the message wasn't meant to target cops, and officials said similar messages have been put on pay stubs to urge city workers to sign up for upcoming Police Department exams, many cops were still upset.

"Maybe we should all join the Fire Department, and then we'll see who'll protect the city," said one Brooklyn detective.

Another officer called it "a typical city screwup."

"Apparently, even the city realizes that police officers' morale is so low that cops are leaving in droves for other careers," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch. "It's a shame the city does not pay the cops to stay instead of trying to recruit us away."

The Fire Department recently extended the deadline for its exam in an effort to recruit more women and minorities.