New York Post
February 7, 2006

COPS SUE NYPD IN JOBS FLAP

By DAREH GREGORIAN

Dozens of cops filed suit against the NYPD yesterday, charging that the department is blocking them from moving on to greener pastures by tying them up in red tape.

In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, 35 officers say the NYPD is blocking them from taking more lucrative jobs with the Port Authority Police Department by refusing to release their personnel records.

The 35 officers have all passed the PAPD written test, but they're now in danger of losing their prospective jobs because the agency can't complete its background checks without seeing the personnel records, the suit says. The NYPD previously made that information available to other law-enforcement agencies, the suit claims, and "it is unclear what the motivation behind the [the department's] arbitrary and capricious acts actually is."

Pat Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said the PAPD has a top salary that's roughly 30 percent higher than the NYPD's.

City lawyer Cindy Switzer said the NYPD had been willing to make some of the information from the files available to the PAPD, but the officers say that isn't enough.