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Letter: Why so much police overtime on Long Island?

Nassau County police respond to Stone Street in

Nassau County police respond to Stone Street in Elmont where one car was set on fire early Thursday, May 26, 2016. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

I just don’t understand why there is no restraint on the excessive overtime and bloated salaries of Long Island police departments [“Budget-busting cop OT wipes out $12M savings,” News, Sept. 15].

Instead of raising fees and everything else, which puts a burden on everyone, Nassau County should exercise initiatives to lower the police cost. Police serve an important function in the community, but why should they be among the upper earners on Long Island? At the minimum, as former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said, remove overtime earnings from pension formulas [“Let Suffolk deputies do police work,” Letters, Sept. 19]. That’s a ridiculous practice.

Chuck Lomino, Plainview