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.

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  • Hadrian999

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

  • Hadrian999

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

  • Hadrian999

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

    • Jin The Ninja

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

      • Raz

        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

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • I_abide

    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

      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.

  • http://twitter.com/berniecrowsheet bernard crowsheet

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/berniecrowsheet bernard crowsheet

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/berniecrowDUNG bernie crowdung

    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.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Cop on Cop Wars?

      • Jin The Ninja

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

  • Mr Willow

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

  • Mr Willow

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

    • Anarchy Pony

      Protecting and serving property and capital. The American Way.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Cop on Cop Wars?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Whats the definition of Mercenary again?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Whats the definition of Mercenary again?

    • Anarchy Pony

      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

        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

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

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        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. 

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://en-pi.facebook.com/steward John Deltuvia

    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.

  • steward

    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.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/I6FQQUEG62MLFUEVGWJDC2CCX4 Leroy Bonanza

      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.

      • Elmyr23

        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.”

  • Raz

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

  • Calypso

    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.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Protecting and serving property and capital. The American Way.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    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.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/I6FQQUEG62MLFUEVGWJDC2CCX4 Leroy Bonanza

    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.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/I6FQQUEG62MLFUEVGWJDC2CCX4 Leroy Bonanza

    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

      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

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/I6FQQUEG62MLFUEVGWJDC2CCX4 Leroy Bonanza

    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.

  • Hadrian999

    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

    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. 

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

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

  • Elmyr23

    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.”

  • erik ricklefs

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

  • erik ricklefs

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

  • Hadrian999

    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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Aa

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

  • Aa

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

  • 2% Milk

    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

    • Jin The Ninja

      except it is.

  • 2% Milk

    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

  • Anonymous

    except it is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R4XWKTKI2GIRNTSWTJRKRB5HTU D

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R4XWKTKI2GIRNTSWTJRKRB5HTU D

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

  • Tom Ellefsen

    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…

  • Tom Ellefsen

    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…

  • mikehuntertz

    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!

  • Anonymous

    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!

  • Stumage

    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.

  • Stumage

    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.

  • BuzzCoastin

    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!

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    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!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    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

  • jasonpaulhayes

    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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMJEXZ2HDL77JXOUY5MCC4YYBU .

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMJEXZ2HDL77JXOUY5MCC4YYBU .

    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.

  • Truthhurts

    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

  • Truthhurts

    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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SU4NY4H2OPGCK7P43GCRPD66WM Jeikobu

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SU4NY4H2OPGCK7P43GCRPD66WM Jeikobu

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

  • hater

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

  • hater

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

    • lover

      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.

      • lover

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

  • Rodneypopper

    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!

  • Rodneypopper

    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!

  • lover

    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.

  • lover

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

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