At John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, as soon as fliers advertising police academy entrance exams on Long Island are posted, they are ripped down, presumably by applicants for the tests who do not want the word to spread, says the New York Times. More than 28,000 people have registered to take the Suffolk County police test on June 9, some from far-away states and many from the New York Police Department, where resignations have risen significantly. Fewer than 2 percent of Suffolk's test-takers will end up on the force – compared with roughly 10 percent in New York – making it perhaps the most competitive entry-level U.S. law enforcement job.
The Web site advertising $400 test-preparation classes at an American Legion post calls Suffolk the “Highest Paid Police Department in the Country!” Eugene O'Donnell, a John Jay professor of law and police studies, said the high pay coupled with low crime rates make a coveted Long Island job “like winning the lottery in law enforcement.” Starting salary on the 2,692-member Suffolk force is $57,811 – compared with $25,100 when entering the New York Police Department academy. With overtime, many members of the Suffolk department routinely make more than $100,000.