NY: New York Governor Paterson boosts private security detail while state patrols shrink
Submitted by: Anonymous
The New York Post recently ran a story about New York State Governor Paterson’s doubling the size of his security detail during the last year to “over 200” members. This comes at the expense of New York’s taxpayers, who must tolerate reduced police services as a result.
For example, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk had a population of over 2.8 million in 2008. Thomas Mungeer, President of New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, notes that there are currently 150 troopers covering this area, about five patrol officers per 100,000 population. By contrast, neighboring New York City’s police force provides about 429 officers per 100,000 population.