Ballots were mailed out Feb. 13 and are due back by noon Feb. 27 on the tentative Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association contract whose main selling point is a 2.25-percent pay hike above the city bargaining pattern that is connected to the NYPD’s neighborhood-policing program.
That additional increase would be offset by a sharp reduction in the pay scale for future cops, who during their first six years on the job would get $36,000 less in base pay than those who entered the Police Academy less than two months ago. Since that concession does not hurt incumbent officers, the deal is likely to easily gain ratification when ballots are counted by the American Arbitration Association.
Other features of the pact are a significant improvement in disability benefits for cops hired after 2009, the right for officers to cash in unused leave days upon departing the NYPD, and a requirement that all patrol officers by the end of 2019 be equipped with body cameras.
An added inducement for many officers is that because the first 9 percent of the total 11.25-percent increase over the five-year deal has already come due, they would shortly receive back pay that would average more than $12,000 per officer, with senior cops receiving a bit more than $15,000.