New Canaan police to take home $70 an hour for extra jobs
NEW CANAAN — For the first time in eight years, the rate of pay for New Canaan police pulling extra duty will increase.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to increase the extra duty rate of pay from $60.32 and hour to $70 an hour, among other increases, for assignments like conducting traffic during road work and security for town and private events.
“This cost is definitely going to borne by the utilities and the private parties,” First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III said.
In addition to the basic rate increase, the vehicle rate — the amount a person is charged per hour if a police vehicle is used for the job, according to Lt. Jason Ferraro — will increase from $15 to $25 an hour, and the extended hour rate — for a shift more than eight consecutive hours, or one worked between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. — will increase from $67.60 to $77.
In 2016, police officers were among the highest paid town employees. Two — Lt. William Ferri and Ferraro — were in the top 10, at number two and three, respectively.
According to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, officers are able to augment their salaries by taking on more work in the form of overtime or extra duty.
Mallozzi also noted that having the extra police force in town on extra duty assignments has helped to stop certain crimes.
“I could give you over a dozen examples of when officers have been working these extra duty jobs and it’s benefited the town,” said Ferraro. He noted an officer on Elm Street working a job who sprinted down the street to respond to a woman choking and saved her life. In other instances, Ferraro said officers working extra duty have stopped burglaries and instances of domestic violence.
“It does provide additional protection to the town as a whole,” Ferraro said.
The extra duty rate will again be reviewed in three years.