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Nassau police OT figures for 2013 higher than originally reported

Overtime in the Nassau County Police Department last year is now projected to reach $69 million — higher than figures originally presented by the county last month.

In their monthly report released on Thursday, the county’s Office of Management and Budget reported that the Police Department incurred about $68.3 million in overtime expenses through Dec. 31, 2013. But the report projects that the department will eventually close the year with $69 million in OT expenses.

Last month, county and police officials told Newsday that police OT in 2013 would be $63 million.

Brian Nevin, spokesman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, said the county has not closed out its overtime expenditures from 2013 and that its figures are still being finalized.

But, Nevin said the “county continues to save taxpayers millions as the savings from the reduced workforce far outweigh the costs of additional overtime.”

Nassau’s bill for police overtime in 2012 was $49.9 million. If OMB’s projections hold up, overtime will have spiked 38 percent between 2012 and 2013.

First Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said last month that the spike in overtime was the result of a “reduced workforce” due to a wave of retiring officers who have not been replaced, along with $4 million in overtime some officers deferred from 2012.

Nassau employs about 2,200 police officers, compared with a high of 4,000 in 1973 and more than 2,700 at the start of 2009, said James Carver, president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association.

More than 100 cops left the county’s workforce in 2013, he said, and Nassau now has its lowest police head count since the 1950s.

The county graduated 36 police recruits last month — its first class of new officers since 2008. Mangano has said he will hire at least 150 new cops but wants to wait until a new labor deal is reached with the PBA that would require new officers to contribute to their health care and pensions. 

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