Contact: Albert O'Leary
PBA Communications Director

or Joseph Mancini

March 21, 2006
For Immediate Release

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PBA president Patrick J. Lynch reacts to NYPD expansion plan

"Replacing 400 police officers with civilians is a band-aid approach to getting sorely needed police resources on the street. Civilianization will not solve the NYPD’s recruitment and retention crisis. With nearly 3,000 members quitting or retiring each year, the NYPD recruitment effort is struggling to try and keep up with attrition. Unless New York City makes police officer’s top pay competitive with other law enforcement agencies, they simply will not get enough good quality candidates to become NYC police officers.