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Superior Officers contract clears committee in Suffolk

This file photo shows the detective shield and

This file photo shows the detective shield and patch of the Suffolk Police Department on Oct. 26, 2009 in Yaphank. Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein

A new contract for Suffolk County police brass with an estimated cost of $63 million through 2018 was approved unanimously by a committee Wednesday and will go to the full county legislature on Tuesday.

The 440 sergeants, lieutenants, captains and other high-ranking police officials in the Superior Officers Association will get average pay hikes of 3.375 percent a year, according to a preliminary estimate by the legislature's Budget Review Office.

The agreement would raise base pay for sergeants from $135,915 this year to $162,843 in 2018.

The top rank of chief inspector would see the base pay rise from $204,928 this year to $245,529 in 2018.

Tim Morris, association president, said members ratified the deal Monday by a vote of 340 to 24.

"We believe this is a good contract for our members and the people of Suffolk County," Morris said. Legislative Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said.

The contract is in line with others granted to the police officers and detectives, he said.

"We have a terrific police force and they do a wonderful job," Gregory said at the Government Operations Committee. "We should respect what they do."

He said when he sees media coverage of high salaries, "you wince a little bit when you see the numbers. But I strongly believe we need to pay for service."

The additional costs per rank under the new contract, such as holiday pay and overtime, were not available Wednesday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's office said.

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