NYPD Shocker: Recruiting Drive Plus Salary Slash Equals Bad Idea

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• Number of new cops Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said they would put on the streets during 2006: 800
• Number they actually ended up adding to the force in 2006: 0
• Number by which NYPD's ranks in fact shrunk in 2006: 307
• Starting pay for NYPD officers in 2005: $39,000
• Starting pay for NYPD officers in 2006: $25,100
• Last time starting pay for NYPD officers was $25,000: 1986
• The dropout rate among last year's NYPD cadets, with whom the $25,100 salary went into effect: 16 percent

Cops Pay Big Price for 25G Salary [NYPD]