Category Archives: Police and Fire

Cutting the City’s Billion Dollar Spending on Overtime May be Easier Said than Done

Posted by Doug Turetsky, October 4, 2012 With the Mayor asking city agencies to come up with $2.0 billion in proposed budget cuts for the next year and a half, one area that could come under scrutiny is overtime spending. In fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30, the city spent about $280 million more […]

It’s Not Just OWS: How Wind, Snow, and the Red Sox Drive Police Overtime Spending

Recent reports that the first month of the Occupy Wall Street protests cost the city $3.4 million in police overtime no doubt led to some raised eyebrows. While a substantial sum, it equals just a fraction of police overtime spending in recent years. In fiscal year 2011, which ended on June 30, police overtime totaled […]

Fewer Cops, and More of Them Behind Desks?

Posted by Bernard O’Brien, June 11, 2009 The number of police officers in the city is expected to soon reach its lowest level since 1990. But a declining number of officers may not be the only hurdle in the police department’s efforts to maintain patrol force—the number of cops on the beat. A proposal in […]