From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
Bridgeport’s four deputy police chiefs earn, in total, more than $715,000–money some City Council members and at least one key mayoral adviser argue would be better spent hiring more beat cops.
“When people are crying out for community policing, even though violent crime is down, you want as many people out in the street doing protection and prevention work as possible,” said Wilbur Chapman, Mayor Joe Ganim’s public safety adviser and an ex-Bridgeport police chief. “If they can convert the deputy chief salaries into police officer ranks, it would do a lot of immediate good.”
The deputy chiefs’ work could then be divvied up among the 10 captains, Chapman said.
Eventually that could happen. The police contract allows the city to leave the unionized deputy chief positions vacant or eliminate them, but only after the current deputies–Anthony Armeno, James Baraja, James Honis and Adam Radzmirski–retire.
Full story here.