Is the NYPD really flaunting the new starting salary for recruits? It’s $32,881. Where in Manhattan can you live for $32k a year? Hell, it hard to make ends meet with twice that.
Well, the NYPD is making sure you know about it with half takeover ads on the subway. If you haven’t seen them already, they’ve released a big campaign to promote the new increased salary.
No wonder other states are recruiting our officers out. On the one hand, the NYPD is probably one of the most elite police forces in the world, but they are also grossly underpaid. Seattle is willing to pay NYPD officers double what they start at in New York, plus give them $5,000 to cover moving expenses.
My problem with the low salary is the limiting effect it has on the recruitment pool. New York is missing out on hiring better quality people who would command a better salary. Instead, you are getting a bunch of people that just need the money, and a handful of people that want to be a cop no matter how little it pays.
Now sure, there’s a lot of great officers added to the force every year. I’m just saying you could get more if it paid better.