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Brian Hoesl

President


E-mail: Nassoa@aol.com

Superior Officers Association Police Department of Nassau County, New York

   

ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO

What else could I be talking about besides precinct consolidations?  It was certainly good news that the County came to their senses and decided to split the 4th and 5th Precincts back to their original configurations. While I am sure the County achieved some slight savings from consolidation, mostly on the back of the SOA and on the overall reduction in supervision, it was always a case of being penny wise and pound foolish.  I have said this time and time again, I am sure one of the greatest concerns  of our residents is public safety.  While many people do not think about it every day because of the fact that they feel secure in their homes, when something happens to call their attention to it they suddenly become aware of the job that we do.  I do believe, in spite of the overall downsizing of this job, that we still deliver a quality product to our residents.  But the pennies saved and the overall decrease in the morale of our members by constantly being asked to do more with less was not worth it.  I firmly believe that the consolidations have always affected the response times in certain cases, as well as the amount of time supervisors and police officers spend on patrol.

What should happen now is the 3rd and 6th Precincts should be next on the list to separate.  To have a single precinct that basically covers the entire Town of North Hempstead (with a population of just shy of a quarter of a million residents!) is ludicrous.  That is the same size as many cities within the US, all of which I am sure have more than one precinct or district covering it.  While the police unions will continue to complain about these consolidations it always helps when the local legislators add their voice to the mix.  Certainly Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages had remained vocal over the past several years regarding his opposition to the consolidation.  I am sure his input helped convince the County to relent, and we appreciated his help. 

But for now it will probably remain status quo for the 3rd & 6th and the 2nd & 8th consolidations, but I can assure you that we voice our concerns whenever we get a chance.   We now just wait patiently for the 4th& 5th to actually separate, and our supervisors finally get a chance to pick their 2015 vacations!

Longevity

We have addressed this topic every time we sit with the County regarding issues affecting the Police Department.  It is an unfinished part of the wage freeze and I personally believe it is an injustice that supervisors are paid less for their longevity years than cops or detectives.  Certainly our experience, which is why you receive longevity payments in the first place, is as valuable as that of the other ranks.  Just recently we have again been discussing this issue with the County.  While I can make no guarantees I believe that we are making some progress.  It is an issue that has to be addressed sooner rather than later.  I will advise you as soon as there is something solid to report.

RMS, OT Letters, Activity Reports

When supervisors spend their time sitting in the station house writing reports instead of out on the street supervising their subordinates there is an obvious problem.  Reports for every instance where someone works overtime over three hours.  What is the point?  Is it just to make the supervisorís life more miserable in the mistaken belief that somehow if we know we have to write a letter we will magically whisk the cop out of the station house and off duty?  The real problems are many, including ECAB and RMS.  Everyone knows RMS is an overtime generating system.  Good for the person who is looking to bolster their salary/retirement but bad for the job.  Why can we use Swift for some arrests and not all?  What is the point of continuing with a system that you know costs you twice as much with every arrest.  There are a million excuses why we continue with it but I still donít understand.  We have made our suggestions known but no one wants to make a decision and change the system.  So the OT goes up and the sergeants spend their days writing letters.  What nonsense but we do what we are told.

And of course the activity reports.  Maybe if morale improved a bit on this job things would improve in all areas.  Letís start by settling the entire contract (hint: Longevity).  Morale is a difficult thing to control but when the supervisorís morale is in the toilet from nonsense reports and the like it all rolls downhill.  Another waste of time but if you canít abuse the cops, abuse the sergeants!

Promotions

Just recently we had six of our members promoted to the rank of Captain and Det./Captain.  To all of you; Gary, Gary, Mark, Al, Greg and John, I offer my congratulations.  It is unfortunate that it is a rank which causes many to consider the option of accepting or declining a promotion.  I sincerely hope that going forward we will be somehow able to alleviate this problem. No organization can reach its greatest efficiency when there is a limited desire of the employees to advance to the upper echelons of the department.

 

As always, any questions on any of the above issues please feel free to call me at the office or email me at nassoa@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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