|NYPD Blue -- in the Face, as LA Cops Poach Potential Recruits|
|Key Words||Applicants, low pay, private sector, starting salaries, high school diploma|
The number of applicants to the New York City Police Department has fallen from 31,000 in 1996 to fewer than half that in 1999. The prognosis for 2000 appears even bleaker. The customary causes include the low pay for rookies, especially compared with the booming private sector. Potential applicants are also deterred by the strained community relations that have resulted from shootings of unarmed men.
However, there is a new factor: police recruiters from Los Angeles are in New York City tempting residents with a warmer climate, beaches, higher starting salaries, and openings at the academy. In New York City starting salaries are $34,000, whereas in Los Angeles, they are $41,000. Another major difference is that New York City requires two years of military service or 60 college credits, while LA admits cadets with only a high-school diploma. The recruiters from LA also benefit from the fact that New York City residents are not as familiar with recent police controversies in LA.
The falling number of applicants may be problematic. But if places are limited, it may be academic.
(Updated July 1, 2000)
|Source||C. J. Chivers, "Low Pay and Poaching Hurt New York Police Recruiting," The New York Times, April 6, 2000.|
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