Asbury Park Press columnist begins his article titled
Not Let up on Police Salaries by saying he likes cops and our job
can be dangerous, "sometimes."
When I seen
someone begin a piece with such a qualification I can't help but become
The truth is, it
is dangerous a lot of times. In many areas, it is dangerous most of
the time, but this is beside the point.
The author later
compares us to soldiers:
But are the risks they [the police] face any greater than those
of the enlisted men and women fighting in Afghanistan, who are making
one-third as much or less?
Not one law
enforcement officer or sane minded person would agree that soldiers
should receive the salary they do. In fact, it is a tragedy. It is
unfortunate that the author doesn't, instead, write an article arguing
that soldiers should be paid more.
We could counter
the soldier argument by comparing us to baseball players, CEO's or
celebrities, but we don't. It would be intellectually dishonest.
The salaries in
New Jersey law enforcement were negotiated with elected officials. The
results of the negotiations were printed in the newspapers and many are
available online. We didn't hide anything.
In return for our
compensation, we agree to give up our holidays with our families. We
agree to work insane, unhealthy hours, we agree to fight monsters, and
we agree to see horror. We agree to perform a job that results in a
life expectancy considerably lower than that of the general public and
we agree to work in a profession that swallows up good men and women
from suicide, alcoholism, and divorce. The list goes on.
rhetoric saying otherwise, we did not cause New Jersey's financial
condition. It was caused by years of incompetence and corruption from
New Jersey law
officers took a substantial financial hit when Governor Christie took
the reigns between our increased pension contribution (which was already
among the highest in the country, a fact conveniently left out of the
article), the increase in health care contributions, and the other
goodies from four years ago.
So, no, honest,
hard working cops have no problem walking into a negotiation with their
head held high, and asking for a raise.
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