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!
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
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
will advise you as soon as there is something solid to
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
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
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!
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
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.
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The Office of the Commissioner of Police
the sudden departure of Commissioner Thomas Dale and the
recent appointment of Acting Police Commissioner Victor
Politi to the NUMC post we are now back in limbo as to
whom our next police commissioner will be.
The County Executive has indicated that he might
again look outside the department for a new
with no deference to Commissioner Politi, whom I believe
would have made a good leader due to his people skills
and understanding of the job, it has always been our
position that we have our own members who are more than
capable of running this department. Nobody understands
how this job functions better than our own senior staff.
No learning curve is involved, nor would they
need time to understand the frustrations of everyone
still operating under the oversight of NIFA.
Every commissioner, for the first 75 years of our
existence, had come from within this department.
We firmly believe that one of our own would be
the most logical choice.
We did personally communicate our position to the
County Executive. We
hope that he will take our concerns into consideration.
I was lead to believe a decision would be made
shortly. The sooner it is done the better.
again we have seen another efficiency reorganization of
the department with the recent elimination of the
Support Division (really just the elimination of the
Chief of Support) and a realignment of parts of the
Unfortunately the bottom line with all of these
reorganizations is merely a decrease in the ranks of the
notion that eliminating supervisors and increasing the
workload of those remaining, while at the same time
expecting them to properly supervise their subordinates,
will lead to greater efficiency is just sheer folly.
This started with the precinct consolidations and
has now spread to all parts of the department.
While there certainly is always room for
efficiency moves in any organization, just eliminating
supervisory positions, when we are at unprecedented low
levels, makes no sense to me.
If you want your subordinates to do more with
less you need greater oversight to ensure that they are
performing at peak efficiency.
The ranks of the SOA are now at 315 members, down
by about 100 over the last four years.
We are now the smallest of the three unions, and
have been for some time.
Yet somehow the place keeps running, maybe not
more efficiently, but still running. I can assure you we
have made our objections known.
real problem lies in the continued exodus from this job
and the lack of any real hiring.
When that will change all depends on if and when
we settle the wage freeze issue and when the department
starts hiring. That
question leads to the next topic, and the one you are
most interested in, and that is negotiations.
and the Wage Freeze
I have reported to you several times on the progress
of negotiations with the County to end the pay freeze.
I have not spoken to you recently because, at
least on our part, there has been no new developments.
The PBA and NIFA seem to be close to reaching an
agreement and we have finally heard from NIFA ourselves.
While there seems to be a general consensus that
something must be done it appears that as soon as we get
close another roadblock pops up.
I do believe that we will eventually settle this,
I just cannot tell you when. I would be no more
surprised if it was next month than if it was next year.
But if it drags on much longer no good will come
of it, that much I am certain.
Everyone is reaching the end of their rope.
Our attorneys have just recently
filed the briefs to continue our wage freeze lawsuit in
NYS Supreme Court. We
are just waiting for the County and NIFAís briefs,
which are due within the month.
While it is hard to predict I would imagine that
we would have this first decision some time this year.
Then it will be on to the Appellate Division and
eventually this case will be decided in the NYS Court of
Appeals. I do have copies of the briefs from our
attorneys and as soon as they are officially filed with
the courts I can release them.
If anyone wishes to read them please let me know
and I can forward them to you.
We will keep you posted as we proceed.
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