New York Post
May 25, 2006

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How Much to Pay for New York's Finest?

The Post wrongfully states that, compared to suburban police departments, New York City police officer benefits are "substantially more generous" ("Righting the Rookie-Cop Ripoff," Editorial, May 22).

But we can't blame you for that misapprehension, because you are just repeating the city's propaganda.

In fact, the city used the "better benefits" argument to explain to the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) how it could justify paying its officers less than police in surrounding communities.

But the PERB chairman was not persuaded that NYPD benefits "are so different from other communities and entities to which comparisons are made as to close the pay gap."

That same arbitrator stated that he believed the city's police officers should be among the highest-paid in the nation and that he would have ordered a 20 percent raise if he were empowered to do so.

Because the pay at every level of seniority is so much lower, especially at the top, than other local departments, the NYPD can't keep experienced, veteran police officers and can't attract enough new candidates for the job.

Close the pay gap and those problems will be solved.

Patrick J. Lynch
President Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Manhattan