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Editorial: Cops blow OT budget yet again

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News that the Schenectady Police Department spent more than double the amount of overtime that had been budgeted by the City Council last year was hardly shocking. This issue has come up year after year in Schenectady, and the situation rarely changes. The cops frequently manage to blow their overtime budget for a couple of reasons: 1) between disabilities, discipline issues and wars, they’re rarely fully staffed; 2) cops get generous vacation, personal, sick and ...

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wmarincic
May 17, 2012
6:59 a.m.

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Maybe if the Police did not have to act like ambulance drivers it would not go over budget. You (the Gazette) had no problem adding a couple hundred overtime hours when the armed man was in your lobby because YOU did not follow security protocol. Shame on you and Judy Patrick for your continued bashing of the rank and file SPD officers while you give the five chiefs that make 1.5 million dollars per year a pass.

rswanker
May 17, 2012
12:41 p.m.

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I thought they were bashing the administration and police upper management....

Fritzdawg
May 17, 2012
1:57 p.m.

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I thought it was about management as well.
It's not as if they didn't know there would be overtime, and I doubt the police were just frivolously racking up overtime for the heck of it.

wmarincic
May 17, 2012
1:59 p.m.

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Just bashing the rank and file, the 1.5 million per year chiefs get a pass.

rswanker
May 17, 2012
6:42 p.m.

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The chief makes 1.5 million a year? Please elaborate.

wmarincic
May 18, 2012
6:54 a.m.

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There are five chiefs the four asst. chiefs make over 150k per year each, then you have the chief and a commissioner all who are running an understaffed dept. I mispoke at 1.5 million when all is said and done it is about 1 million per year with benefits. We coild add lots of police officers who actually work for that money.

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