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Officers Policing Certain Agencies Get Lesser Benefits

The Washington Post via YellowBrix

February 25, 2010

WASHINGTON – Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd didn’t hesitate when they got a call about the Fort Hood shooter.

As cops on patrol, it was their duty to rush toward the danger. Munley was shot in three places, now walks with a cane and may not be able to work as a patrol officer again. They have been praised widely for their actions and were guests of President Obama at his State of the Union address last month.

But despite the accolades, the service they provide and the life-threatening injuries they risk, Todd and Munley aren’t considered cops in the fullest sense.

They wear a badge and carry a gun and you’d better stop when they tell you to, but like thousands of others who protect federal facilities and the people who use them, Todd and Munley don’t get the enhanced pay and retirement benefits that other federal officers enjoy.

Only if they die doing their job do they get the greater recognition they deserve.

Police officers who are federal employees working in several agencies, including the Defense Department, log longer hours for less pay than other federal officers, according to the American Federation of Government Employees.

They are not classified as federal law enforcement officers, said Gerald Hutt, president of AFGE’s law enforcement committee. With that classification, they could retire with 20 years of service, instead of 25. He couldn’t say how much more the average law enforcement officer makes nationally, but Munley said it’s a difference of $3,000 to $8,000 at Fort Hood, Tex.

The Defense Department said that it “uses Office of Personnel Management classification guidance to determine the title, series, and grades of Police Officers,” and that “being classified as a police officer, does not guarantee that an individual will meet the special retirement coverage criteria established for law enforcement officers.”

Guidance like that can result in the Pentagon and other agencies missing out on some good people.

Hutt is an example. In addition to working with AFGE, in his day job he’s an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer. When he wanted to move to another city, he said he didn’t even consider Defense Department police agencies because of their policy. And a 2009 Government Accountability Office report says attrition rates at the Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury departments for “law enforcement personnel receiving enhanced retirement benefits” averaged 3.2 percent for fiscal years 2004 through 2008, compared with 4.7 percent for “law enforcement-related personnel not receiving enhanced retirement benefits.”


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    PaxAmerica

    over 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    If they don't like the pay and benefits they can go apply elsewhere.

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    mudpuppynj

    over 4 years ago

    384 Comments

    That is the reason alot of guys leave the DOD jobs here in NJ, because the retirement and benefits stink.

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    NYPDALT

    over 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    That really does suck. They should get what they deserve.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42238 Comments

    I agree with bluebrother. Even armed security and armored car Officers don't get what they deserve for what they do. I wouldn't either for inadequate compensation.

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    bikecop45

    over 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    The problem gets even worse when you are promoted to higher grades through merit promotion. I work one deep as a federal investigator for a DoD agency, however unknowingly lost some LE benefits accepting my position in higher management. Though the amount of field work hasn't changed, there is more money in my pocket. So I sacrifice...for now!

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    Nancym

    over 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    that sucks

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Equal pay and benifits for doing the same job as others.

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    bluebrother

    over 4 years ago

    774 Comments

    Time to up the anty and give not only these two heros but all that serve a pay raise, and not just a meager one either. Law Enforcement in general is far under paid.

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