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Rookie pay hike won't save shrinking NYPD ranks

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Rookie pay hike won't save shrinking NYPD ranks

The $10,000 pay hike for NYPD rookies will surely improve future recruitment but it comes too late to prevent the department from shrinking.


Unable to fill the vacancies it had with its lowball salaries, the NYPD's total headcount for July1 will be 1,000 fewer cops.


The NYPD eliminated the vacant jobs to meet City Hall's budget demands for the coming fiscal year.


"Let's be real - if there were bodies in those slots, there never would have been the political will to reduce the size of the police department," said a source familiar with the budget requests.


Full story: nydailynews_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - May 21, 2008

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