After concerns about low recruitment numbers due to low starting pay, the NYPD received a 9.7% salary hike from a state arbitration panel. Rookies, whose starting salaries was cut to $25,100, will now get $35,881.

Public Employment Relations Board voted to give all cops "compounded raises totaling 9.73 percent over the two years of an expired contract that ran from Aug. 1, 2004, to July 31, 2006." Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "While we wish the starting pay was higher, this is a step in the right direction."

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association was fairly pleased, because the raises are higher than what other uniformed unions have received, but PBA president Patrick Lynch said they do "not go far enough toward making our pay competitive with other police departments." See other area police departments' pay here, and Seattle Police Department offers over $47,000 to rookies.

In fact, many veteran cops have complained the low pay has encouraged the department to accept "losers...thugs and gangbangers." And some cops are just dissatisfied with the raise--one told the Post, "It's insulting and it's not up to the cost of living. Why do you think so many cops are still living with their parents?"

Photograph of some cops in the midst of the Union Square Pillow Fight by MacRonin47 on Flickr