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"Mistakes found in police payroll," The City, Wednesday

Extra police pay a big issue

If just half of the $40 million the city controller recently found in "erroneous pay" were for police 10B overtime not worked, then cleaning up this inexplicable payroll mess would result in savings of $8 million. The City could then reinvigorate, recruit and train San Francisco's unique city-chartered privately paid Patrol Special Police.

These neighborhood police don't use taxpayer-paid police vehicles, uniforms or weapons as do 10B police, and they don't get erroneously paid for private-event policing assignments.

Plus, they charge businesses and residents an hourly rate of about half of what off-duty cops charge. Yet private police in this and other cities where police unions prevail, languish.

At best, Police Commission silence in this case is a travesty.

Ann Grogan

San Francisco

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