RYE, N.Y. - Members of the Rye Police Association will be protesting Saturday to raise awareness about the lack of a new police contract in four years.
The informational protest will be held at 17 Elm Place in the center of Rye's business district. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last until about 2 p.m.
The Rye Police Association represents all sworn members of the City of Rye Police Department. The union's last contract expired in 2008. In that time, the union and the city have been unable to come to an amicable agreement. The purpose of the protest is to raise awareness of this issue.
According to the Police Association's website, the lack of contract resolution has led to a cut in staff, including the loss of DARE and youth detectives; the loss of a general investigator detective; and the loss of two sergeants and two patrolmen. Since 2008, the total manpower has been reduced from 40 sworn officers to 35.
The lack of resolution has also led to no money for training. "This cost cutting leave the City of Rye's Police Department without the necessary refresher training and certification to protect its citizens," the union's website said.