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Sound Off: Are Suffolk Cops Overpaid?

Proposed 2012 county budget includes a $12.4 million increase in police district tax.

After five years, the base salary for a Suffolk County police officer is $108,608. That doesn't include overtime, which can easily add tens of thousands of dollars to that figure.  

Outgoing County Executive Steve Levy's proposed 2012 budget includes a $12.4 million increase in the police district tax.

Critics say paying so many cops six-figure salaries is out of line with other professions and has contributed to high property taxes and the county's budget crunch.  

Defenders of police salaries say these are the people who protect us from danger and they are worth every penny.  

To compare, Nassau County police earn $108,132 after eight years of service, according to the department's website. For New York City cops, base pay after five and a half years is $76,488. 

What your take? Are Suffolk police overpaid or does the demanding/dangerous nature of the job justify the pay? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments. 

William March 26, 2013 at 09:43 PM
check the local volenteer fire house or the donut shops or couped up double wide behind the super market.
William March 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Fred you can change the game half way thru,it happens all the time. Companies that have unions, break them and hire new people at a lower wage. And I hate to deflate your theory about the quality of the person taking the lower paying job but I come from an Airline Managment background, Directing a highly skilled workforce and witnessed them replaced without a hitch not even a hickup.....no body is indespensible,,,,everyone is replaceable...and I will bet there are alot of people out there who would love to do that job and would be more then happy to do it for less money.......so dont kid yourself.
jo December 24, 2013 at 09:08 AM
We cops are overpaid. I make much more than my sister who is a doctor on an hourly and she has 300K+ of debt. I have zero debt get 7 weeks paid vacation (vs her 3 weeks). She makes 200/yr while I make 180K after overtime. She works 50-60 hours per week and I work 30-45. I also moonlight as bartender and detective earning an extrak 15K.yr off the books. I am a 17year veterean earning over 100K for past 12 years, my sister just started making money and she is 35. By time my sister hits 250K. I will be collectin 100K pension and making an addtional 150 as a village cop and or private detective. Lets face it, Ihave a much better deal than doctors. I say this late in my career because there is no way to confiscate my benefits. But lets face, its not fair that I make so much Doctors and other professionals dont. I feel my free time is well deserved though, most professionals dont get yelled at by crazy motorists or respond to domestic abuse calls on a monthly, sometimes, weekly basis. We do walk around with a gun and are expected to intervene if we see a criminal activity when we are off duty. Still, given our pensions and free time and free health care, I admit we are 25-50% overpaid. There is waiting list of thousands of candidates to be Suffolk cop (but you need a connection inside the force to get in). We own the politicians. It is what it is

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