Interview Highlights

– States that the proposed 1% salary increase for cops is “disrespectful.”

– Cops are not being as aggressive on the streets because of fear of lawsuits and prosecution.

About Patrick Lynch

Patrick Lynch, is the President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA.) a union for more than 20,000 beat cops in the city’s five boroughs. Joined the force as a New York City Police Officer in 1984, Pat earned three Exceptional Police Duty awards and also received an Exceptional Merit citation for his part in coming to the aid of two fellow police officers who had been shot. He began his union career in 1989, elected a delegate representing the officers in the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In 1999, Pat led an insurgent team of reform-minded delegates who fought against that corruption and, won the presidency of the NYC PBA – the world’s largest police union. He narrowly escaped the collapse of the South Tower of World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Pat waged an historic legal battle, leading to the highest court in the state, to cement the PBA’s right to arbitrate labor disputes before PERB, and, thereafter, won a groundbreaking contract settlement after a grueling round of arbitration hearings in 2002. In 2003 he was elected to a second term by an overwhelmingly majority of his fellow officers. An arbitrator just this past week offered the police a 1% raise over 2 years. Pat is not having it and is the process of negotiating a reasonable raise for NYC cops.

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