According to the article:
Many agencies give extra protection to private entities for a fee, said Richard Carey, deputy director of the state Association of Chiefs of Police.We were curious as to how much of each officers pay could be contributed to pay over and above their regular pay so we did a spreadsheet.
“I think it’s done pretty much across the state on a fairly regular basis,” he said.
Per the current ...Police Contract, police officer wages are based on 2,080 hours per year. So we took the 2008 hourly wage reported in the December 2007 Organizational Town Board Minutes [graphic in our previous blog] and multiplied that hourly wage by 2,080 hours to determine each officer's regular yearly wage.
Next, we visited See Through N.Y. to determine the gross pay of each officer from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.
We then subtracted the regular pay from the reported yearly gross pay to see how much more than the regular pay each officer actually received and sorted the list of officers by the amount of extra pay received; from highest to lowest. We weren't able to calculate the part-time employees because we didn't have the exact number of hours they regularly work.
As you can see from the graphic below, Sgt. Robert Philo makes the most [$27,446.60 more]over and above his calculated regular pay. Chief Philo's contention that:
...officers who did the contractual services usually are newer to the department.seems to be questionable. The officers who made the most over and above their regular salary are definitely not newcomers to the NHPD. Click on graphic to view larger print:
Anyway, according to the second story in the Observer Dispatch:
The Sheriff’s Office charges about $62 per hour per deputy, he said [Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati]. That cost covers the deputy’s hourly rate, as well as a prorated portion of benefits including workers compensation, Social Security and health care, he said.That's a far cry from the $30 an hour that New Hartford charges. The thing that struck us is the fact that according to the Oneida County Sheriff website:
The starting salary for a Deputy Sheriff - Patrol in 2006 is $34,638, with a maximum salary for a senior deputy of $46,545. The starting/senior salaries for 2007-2008 are not determined as of March, 2008.Look at the regular pay for New Hartford Police; even the lowest paid officer makes $41,371.20 as regular pay and yet New Hartford charges $30 an hour for private patrols; less than half of what the Sheriff's Office charges.
According to the article:
The Utica Police Department recently stopped providing police services to events that are not sponsored by the city in some form, city officials said.Hmm! Liability...that's another good reason for the town board to reconsider whether or not these patrols should continue.
“It’s a decision we have made based on potential liability that the city might face should something occur during one of these private security events,” Utica Corporation Counsel Linda Sullivan Fatata said.
The reporter also contacted Whitestown Police Chief Donald Wolanin; he said:
Whitestown Police Chief Donald Wolanin said there were few private events in his jurisdiction, but his officers do sometimes patrol school sporting events.Interesting...while these special patrols may be 'fairly regular', New Hartford seems to be the only area department that expects their taxpayers to foot the bill for private entities.
When his officers patrol events at a school, they are paid by the school, not his department, he said.
“It keeps us a little out of it, and it doesn’t affect my budget,” he said. “It’s one of the few chances our police officers have to make some extra money.”
We have no problem with police officers making some "extra" cash, the problem is that is shouldn't be at the expense of the already overburdened taxpayer.