Wall Street Corporations Rent Their Own NYPD Unit From The City Of New York

wallstreetDid you know that for a measly fee of $37 an hour per officer, you can rent uniformed, on-duty NYC cops as easily as ordering a sandwich? Then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani created the “Paid Detail Unit” in 1998 and Goldman Sachs and the New York Stock Exchange among others have been frequent customers recently. Counterpunch reveals:

The Paid Detail Unit allows the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street corporations, including those repeatedly charged with crimes, to order up a flank of New York’s finest with the ease of dialing the deli for a pastrami on rye. The corporations pay an average of $37 an hour for a member of the NYPD, with gun, handcuffs and the ability to arrest.

New York City gets a 10 percent administrative fee on top of the $37 per hour paid to the police. The City’s 2011 budget called for $1,184,000 in Paid Detail fees, meaning private corporations were paying wages of $11.8 million to police participating in the Paid Detail Unit. The program has more than doubled in revenue to the city since 2002.

The taxpayer has paid for the training of the rent-a-cop, his uniform and gun, and will pick up the legal tab for lawsuits stemming from the police personnel following illegal instructions from its corporate master. Lawsuits have already sprung up from the program.

When the program was first rolled out, one insightful member of the NYPD posted the following on a forum: “… regarding the officer working for, and being paid by, some of the richest people and organizations in the City, if not the world, enforcing the mandates of the private employer, and in effect, allowing the officer to become the Praetorian Guard of the elite of the City. And now corruption is no longer a problem. Who are they kidding?”

Wall Street firms that are known to have used the Paid Detail include Goldman Sachs, the World Financial Center complex which houses financial firms, and the New York Stock Exchange.

Read the rest at Counterpunch.

78 Comments on "Wall Street Corporations Rent Their Own NYPD Unit From The City Of New York"

  1. Hadrian999 | Oct 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm |

    It’s almost refreshing to see the police so open and honest about their corruption

  2. Hadrian999 | Oct 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm |

    It’s almost refreshing to see the police so open and honest about their corruption

  3. Hadrian999 | Oct 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

    It’s almost refreshing to see the police so open and honest about their corruption

    • Jin The Ninja | Oct 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

      i agree. it’s much more like a 3rd world country that way. at least you have no illusions as to what they represent.

      • In ‘third worls countries’ the rich don’t need to buy the cops, the buy private security that resembles a private army.

        • Jin The Ninja | Oct 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm |

          true, but i was thinking of the vast depth of police corruption in places like Indonesia or Thailand.

  4. Anonymous | Oct 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm |

    For once I kinda feel bad for these guys.  As much as I’d like to blanket statement law enforcement in New York for being thugs.  There have to be quite a few officers who hate how messed up this is and are pissed as hell about it.

  5. For once I kinda feel bad for these guys.  As much as I’d like to blanket statement law enforcement in New York for being thugs.  There have to be quite a few officers who hate how messed up this is and are pissed as hell about it.

    • Calypso_1 | Oct 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm |

      The NYPD went on strike in 1971 over a pay issue.  If they’re so pissed off about this perhaps they should show some solidarity with the 99%.  They they would be embraced with open arms – and perhaps began to regain the respect of the the growing number of American’s who see the police state for what it is.

  6. OccupyWallStreetNYC should use some of their donations to rent some cops to protect them on their marches. Probably the best thing to do with their cool half mill.

  7. OccupyWallStreetNYC should use some of their donations to rent some cops to protect them on their marches. Probably the best thing to do with their cool half mill.

  8. OccupyWallStreetNYC should use some of their donations to rent some cops to protect them on their marches. Probably the best thing to do with their cool half mill.

  9. Mr Willow | Oct 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm |

    To protect and serve. . . he who pays me.

  10. Mr Willow | Oct 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm |

    To protect and serve. . . he who pays me.

  11. Whats the definition of Mercenary again?

  12. Whats the definition of Mercenary again?

    • Anarchy Pony | Oct 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm |

      Generally someone who is willing to apply violence for monetary compensation. Or to threaten violence.
      Usually considered, dishonest and dishonorable, considered as scum or thugs willing to protect those who would not be protected on principle, like dictators or corporations.

      • Hadrian999 | Oct 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm |

        what sets mercenaries apart from soldiers is self awareness. mercenaries know what they are doing is really enforcing the will of the ruling class and expect a share in the profits. soldiers fight toward the same end but have been duped into believing they fight for a grand cause

        • Monkey See Monkey Do | Oct 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm |

          ah you just beat me too it! i said pretty much the same thing 🙂

      • Monkey See Monkey Do | Oct 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm |

        Sounds like most of the world’s military combatants, especially USA. Even though there are many ignorant soldiers who believe they are fighting for the forces of good and I have more empathy for them. I do have a limit on the empathy i give for ignorance. After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. 

  13. Anonymous | Oct 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm |

    i’d hate to call that “cool” but….

  14. Anonymous | Oct 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm |

    i agree. it’s much more like a 3rd world country that way. at least you have no illusions as to what they represent.

  15. In NJ, most police departments have the same policy – although it’s usually for private sporting events, religious gatherings, etc.  Although I think the price is higher in NJ, I think it’s better to have private organizations who need trained officers to pay extra for them, rather than to get them for free.  But it should be at the OT rate, which is likely a good deal more than $37 / hour.

  16. In NJ, most police departments have the same policy – although it’s usually for private sporting events, religious gatherings, etc.  Although I think the price is higher in NJ, I think it’s better to have private organizations who need trained officers to pay extra for them, rather than to get them for free.  But it should be at the OT rate, which is likely a good deal more than $37 / hour.

    • Exactly!  Even though it’s tough to believe, it’s actually a way to save tax payer $.  Same goes for a lot of road construction projects.

      • average city outside atlanta and we do this every day aswell, they protect the local movies and brandsmart locations etc. I know a way we could save some tax payer money around my city. Stop having the police be the only government sector thats always hiring. They sit in cars running A/C on the side of the road and pull people over with two cop cars at a time. Had a guy get in a wreck last week at my job and four of them showed up to “help.”

  17. In ‘third worls countries’ the rich don’t need to buy the cops, the buy private security that resembles a private army.

  18. The NYPD went on strike in 1971 over a pay issue.  If they’re so pissed off about this perhaps they should show some solidarity with the 99%.  They they would be embraced with open arms – and perhaps began to regain the respect of the the growing number of American’s who see the police state for what it is.

  19. Anti-Citizen1 | Oct 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm |

    Protecting and serving property and capital. The American Way.

  20. Anti-Citizen1 | Oct 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm |

    Generally someone who is willing to apply violence for monetary compensation. Or to threaten violence.
    Usually considered, dishonest and dishonorable, considered as scum or thugs willing to protect those who would not be protected on principle, like dictators or corporations.

  21. Not sure if you can say it’s corruption.  When organizations such as Colonial pipeline needed to replace some equipment on the NJ Turnpike, they needed to pay for off duty police officers to be on-site.

  22. Not sure if you can say it’s corruption.  When organizations such as Colonial pipeline needed to replace some equipment on the NJ Turnpike, they needed to pay for off duty police officers to be on-site.

    • Hadrian999 | Oct 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

      it institutionalize the idea that the wealthy get more police protection than the poor as well as giving a monetary incentive to police leadership to favor the wealthy who fill police coffers over the citizenry that don’t

  23. Exactly!  Even though it’s tough to believe, it’s actually a way to save tax payer $.  Same goes for a lot of road construction projects.

  24. Hadrian999 | Oct 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm |

    what sets mercenaries apart from soldiers is self awareness. mercenaries know what they are doing is really enforcing the will of the ruling class and expect a share in the profits. soldiers fight toward the same end but have been duped into believing they fight for a grand cause

  25. Monkey See Monkey Do | Oct 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm |

    Sounds like most of the world’s military combatants, especially USA. Even though there are many ignorant soldiers who believe they are fighting for the forces of good and I have more empathy for them. I do have a limit on the empathy i give for ignorance. After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. 

  26. Monkey See Monkey Do | Oct 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm |

    ah you just beat me too it! i said pretty much the same thing 🙂

  27. average city outside atlanta and we do this every day aswell, they protect the local movies and brandsmart locations etc. I know a way we could save some tax payer money around my city. Stop having the police be the only government sector thats always hiring. They sit in cars running A/C on the side of the road and pull people over with two cop cars at a time. Had a guy get in a wreck last week at my job and four of them showed up to “help.”

  28. erik ricklefs | Oct 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm |

    At least the cops are getting some extra work…Maybe Occupy Wall Street could hire them as well?

  29. erik ricklefs | Oct 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm |

    At least the cops are getting some extra work…Maybe Occupy Wall Street could hire them as well?

  30. Hadrian999 | Oct 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm |

    it institutionalize the idea that the wealthy get more police protection than the poor as well as giving a monetary incentive to police leadership to favor the wealthy who fill police coffers over the citizenry that don’t

  31. Anonymous | Oct 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm |

    true, but i was thinking of the vast depth of police corruption in places like Indonesia or Thailand.

  32. What happen if we hire a police to fight the other side’s police arrest?

  33. What happen if we hire a police to fight the other side’s police arrest?

  34. ummm  wall street isn’t the only one who does this.  Ever go to a night club?  Some officers are paid by the establishments if they expect larger crowds or if a violent crime was committed the previous night or week.  this is NOT a big deal

  35. ummm  wall street isn’t the only one who does this.  Ever go to a night club?  Some officers are paid by the establishments if they expect larger crowds or if a violent crime was committed the previous night or week.  this is NOT a big deal

  36. Anonymous | Oct 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm |

    except it is.

  37. Shouldn’t they have to wear a logo badge of the corporate sponsor they are working for?

  38. Shouldn’t they have to wear a logo badge of the corporate sponsor they are working for?

  39. Tom Ellefsen | Oct 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm |

    Is this the same thing as when you hire a cop to help keep a road closed for the afternoon if you’re shooting a movie on it? I don’t want to get my pitchfork out if it’s also used for good…

  40. Tom Ellefsen | Oct 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm |

    Is this the same thing as when you hire a cop to help keep a road closed for the afternoon if you’re shooting a movie on it? I don’t want to get my pitchfork out if it’s also used for good…

  41. Anonymous | Oct 25, 2011 at 12:03 am |

    The police state is here! The police are our enemies! When a policeman breaks the law they are no longer an officer of the law & everyone has the right to defend themselves from thes rogue thugs. If a pig assaults you you had better protect yourself because NOONE else will come to your aid. When pigs die, I smile!

  42. mikehuntertz | Oct 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm |

    The police state is here! The police are our enemies! When a policeman breaks the law they are no longer an officer of the law & everyone has the right to defend themselves from thes rogue thugs. If a pig assaults you you had better protect yourself because NOONE else will come to your aid. When pigs die, I smile!

  43. What’s that definition of Fascism again, something about Merger of Corporation and State? So just remember, that person hired by and for the corporation is working as a Fascist. Corporations being Authoritarian and Dictatorial by nature.
    fas·cism   [fash-iz-uhm] Show IPA
    noun 1.(sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

  44. What’s that definition of Fascism again, something about Merger of Corporation and State? So just remember, that person hired by and for the corporation is working as a Fascist. Corporations being Authoritarian and Dictatorial by nature.
    fas·cism   [fash-iz-uhm] Show IPA
    noun 1.(sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

  45. This is how the police state works; corporate powers using the police to serve the elite corporations.

    Der homeland has over 1.5 million street cops and 200,000 Federal pigs.
    The number of US pigs has doubled since 911.
    The TSA is now bringing their grope searches to Der Homeland’s highways.
    The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave has never been so NOT free nor brave!

  46. BuzzCoastin | Oct 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm |

    This is how the police state works;
    corporate powers using the police to serve the elite corporations.

    Der homeland has over 1.5 million street cops and 200,000 Federal pigs.
    The number of US pigs has doubled since 911.
    The TSA is now bringing their grope searches to Der Homeland’s highways.
    The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave
    has never been so NOT free nor brave!

  47. Serpico – (starring Al Pacino) 1973

    The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on
    rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against
    him.

    http://stagevu.com/video/pzwypezxsvsb

  48. jasonpaulhayes | Oct 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm |

    Serpico – (starring Al Pacino) 1973

    The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on
    rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against
    him.

    http://stagevu.com/video/pzwypezxsvsb

  49. The whole thing sounds just like Rome. “We’re baaccckkkkk!”

    New Gladiator coliseum coming to a city near you, you get to watch all citizens arrested by the finest to die with the sands beneath their feet, just like the Spartacus TV Show. All blood and guts in all it’s glory! See this hippie? He’s about to lose his head!

    Yep, the whole country is going to hell in a hand basket.

  50. The whole thing sounds just like Rome. “We’re baaccckkkkk!”

    New Gladiator coliseum coming to a city near you, you get to watch all citizens arrested by the finest to die with the sands beneath their feet, just like the Spartacus TV Show. All blood and guts in all it’s glory! See this hippie? He’s about to lose his head!

    Yep, the whole country is going to hell in a hand basket.

  51. Truthhurts | Oct 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm |

    Why don’t you also add in the banks they work in to stop roberries or sporting events to secure people(Yankees,Mets Etc..) Or is that not going with your one sided story? It is not limited to the places that you have mentioned as well as there is hardly even actually police action taken during those times other then keeping order by presence alone

  52. Truthhurts | Oct 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

    Why don’t you also add in the banks they work in to stop roberries or sporting events to secure people(Yankees,Mets Etc..) Or is that not going with your one sided story? It is not limited to the places that you have mentioned as well as there is hardly even actually police action taken during those times other then keeping order by presence alone

  53. this is why it baffles me that OWS are protesting the corporations and not the government or the state.

  54. this is why it baffles me that OWS are protesting the corporations and not the government or the state.

  55. First off is it 1,184,000 or 11 million those numbers are totally different.  IDIOT.

  56. First off is it 1,184,000 or 11 million those numbers are totally different.  IDIOT.

    • 1,184,000 million is the adminstrative fee. The adminstrative fee = 10% of the wages. So wages paid were around $11 million.

      Happy to do the math for you. Undertand that hatersoften aren’t that bright.

      • And based on my spelling/grammar mistakes, lovers aren’t that bright, either. 😛

  57. Rodneypopper | Oct 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm |

    Occupy protesters should rent some NYPD pigs and make them go at it with the corporate pigs in a sort of modern day gladiator fight to the death!

  58. Rodneypopper | Oct 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |

    Occupy protesters should rent some NYPD pigs and make them go at it with the corporate pigs in a sort of modern day gladiator fight to the death!

  59. 1,184,000 million is the adminstrative fee. The adminstrative fee = 10% of the wages. So wages paid were around $11 million.

    Happy to do the math for you. Undertand that hatersoften aren’t that bright.

  60. And based on my spelling/grammar mistakes, lovers aren’t that bright, either. 😛

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