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.”