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Stay away, Miami police union warns recruits


The president of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police union doesn’t think anyone should apply to be a cop in Miami because the pay is too low and benefits have been slashed in recent years as the city struggled to balance its budgets.

Now, as Miami hunkers down to negotiate a new FOP contract, union President Javier Ortiz is pressuring city leaders with a splashy video that as of Thursday had received about 1,600 hits on YouTube.

“Do you have what it takes to apply with another department?” is asked just above the video in big bold letters. Underneath is a list of concessions cops have given up the past few years — some negotiated, others forced.

Also listed on the page are starting and maximum salaries for officers at seven South Florida police departments. Miami is shown as the lowest paid.

“Are you looking to advance your career?” the voice-over says. “Do not apply to be a police officer in the city of Miami. There are no educational incentives, no promotional exams, no raises.”

The video is a slap in the face to city leaders who have been criticized the past year — especially by Commission Chair Marc Sarnoff — for not hiring enough officers.

Mayor Tomás Regalado called the video unnecessary but understandable.

“This is a great department, and it’s fixing itself every day,” he said. “But I understand, it’s because of the contract negotiations.”




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A couple of corrections to the reporting.
City employees including police officers get up to $2,000 per year in education cost reimbursement.
Officers will receive a 3 percent increase in pay on April 1, 2014 as per the current contract.
Currently there is a proposal to give all City employees a 3 percent, non-recurring pay supplement on September 30th, 2013 (pending Commission Approval); and the Proposed FY2014 budget funds 25 additional police officers.


Correction in your comment.
I worked for the city and I don't get the $2,000 dollars per year that you are mentioning for education.
You mentioned about the 3 percent increased but you don't mentioned about the 15% percent pay cut that we got in the past years with no pay raises in almost 4 years. You don't mentioned about the everything that we have given. wow

Javier Ortiz

That 3% increase in April isn't a raise. The Miami FOP gave up uniforms and medical physicals because we haven't gotten a raise in over for years. It's all smoke and mirrors at the MPD.

Apply to fort lauderdale and start at $10k more with real benefits!

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