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Letter: Police officer pay in Suffolk

A file photo of Suffolk County Executive Steve

A file photo of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. (April 18, 2012) Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Ask me if I care how much the police officers make or what their retirement package will be ["Suffolk lawmakers: We need police contract data," News, Aug. 21]. I don't.

What I do care about is that when I dial 911 in an emergency, a police officer will be there to help me. And that is all anyone should care about, unless you know of someone who will risk his or her life for nothing.

Rosanne Bonanno, Calverton

It was reported that in 2020, the top base pay will become $149,238 and that today, 95 percent on the force receives the top base of $108,068 ["Suffolk police deal," News, Aug. 13].

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association members are guaranteed job security with no layoffs. A retired police officer on the faculty of John Jay College said Suffolk is going to pay police officers "well," and, "whether they deserve it is a value judgment."

Value judgment? $108,000 puts them in the range of top income earners in the United States. Few of them, if any, have guaranteed jobs.

That's not a deal, it's a dream.

Leo McSherry, Hempstead