As pay packages for Port Authority cops proceed to soar, the case for scrapping the PAPD grows stronger by the day.
Because the Empire Heart reported Tuesday, the madness introduced the common pay for the PA’s eight,169 workers to almost six figures — $99,654 — in 2017, up 1.7 % over 2016’s astronomical ranges.
The 1,776 PA cops averaged $132,414. Some 214 PAPD workers acquired greater than $200,000 every; eight, greater than $300,000.
And Sgt. Kevin Cottrell raked in a jaw-dropping $403,028, with $214,835 from OT — after drawing a whopping $319,922 final 12 months.
Cops’ pay consists of not simply base wage and additional time, however comp-time cash-ins, longevity bonuses and extra. The OT (which in flip boosts pensions) is pushed by obscene “contractual points and a tradition inside the police division,” as ex-PA commissioner Ken Lipper has put it. Certainly, the 400-page contract is 10 occasions the size of NYPD cops’.
That’s partly why Judith Miller and Alex Armlovich in an in-depth 2016 Metropolis Journal evaluation referred to as the PAPD considered one of America’s “most overpaid, poorly supervised and unresponsive forces.” It’s “a weak hyperlink” within the space’s “public-safety profile,” they warned.
The sky-high police pay helps clarify why drivers should shell out a whopping $15 for PA bridge and tunnel tolls. It’s acquired to cease.
Final 12 months, we urged the company to rein within the abuses because it renegotiated the police-union contract, which lapsed in 2010. These talks proceed — as do the obscene payouts. Much better to simply ditch the PAPD altogether and hand the job to cops who can do it higher — and for much less.