The Washington Syndicate

Capitol Police getting paid with increased demand

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on June 1, 2010
Wash Syndicate

According to an article in Politico, the 1800 member United States Capitol Police Department is overwrought with officers who, because of an increase in a demand for their services, are reaping large salary increases due to lucrative overtime. 


…”the department used nearly 490,000 hours, or $25.5 million, in overtime for fiscal 2009 alone. It estimates it will need a minimum of 525,060 hours and $27.8 million in the coming fiscal year to cover the Hill’s basic security needs.”  

….Despite criticism from members of Congress and the pleas from the police chief, the officers themselves seem to enjoy the extra money. In interviews with POLITICO, officers said they often can trade scheduled overtime with colleagues, and the extra income allows some to upgrade their homes, take vacations and save for retirement.
This overtime necessity seems to be the same story with every police force in the city, with the exception of the DC Library Police Force.
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