Risk Your Life For $25,100 A Year
February 3rd, 2007

An editorial in the New York Times finds the new starting salary of $25,100 for new police hires to be jarring, unreasonable, a paupers sum and a good explanation for why the New York Police Department has been unable to recruit enough new police officers. The future recruits had their salaries lowered by 27 percent in exchange for an increase for current police officers in the last contract negotiations between the police department and the police union. Both sides have bemoaned the low pay for recruits; now they need to get to the table with ideas to raise it, so New York can get the quality of new officers it needs and deserves.

By on February 3, 2007, 12:49 pm
In category: Crime & Safety,Gotham City,Public Finance | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Risk Your Life For $25,100 A Year”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 10:19 am

    The Fire Deparment go the same cut in starting pay. DC37 got a 15% reduction.

    Mayor Bloomberg thought he was being tough with the unions because the city was bleeding from the 2000 pension enhancements. In fact, the only things the unions like better than richer pensions for those leaving in booms is lower compensation for new recruits in busts. This cycle (screw the newbies, flee to Florida) has repeated several times.

    The question is whether the unions will ALLOW the Mayor to raise starting salaries without a BIG increase for those about to leave. The unions don’t have to worry about the effect of low starting salaries on the quality of public services — their most influential members don’t live here.

    The amazing thing is that it was the Mayor who proposed these deals, just before the 2005 election. Even the teacher’s deal at that time had a lower pay increase for new teachers than for those already there — and a promise to consider retirement at age 55 rather than 62. That’s why I voted against him in 2005, whereas I would otherwise have voted for him. (And why I voted against the union leadership every time when I worked for the city).

    I thought Bloomberg, given his background, would know better. Or perhaps since hiring problems really only degrade public services in the long run (and generally only arise when the economy is up), he just didn’t worry about it.

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