The 2009 average pay of full time officers who worked the entire year was $76,146 plus benefits (please note, we took Arnold, S out of the equation due to the discrepancies between city W-2 and Police Provided records.)
If you run this average without the officers who received accumulated sick pay (the few with the asterisks) you get an average of $72,072 plus benefits for a full time officer.
Now add benefits of 20,000 plus and you get more than $90,000 average spent per officer. That’s for 2009. In contrast, Portsmouth Per Capita income is $37,969 in 2008 (Source US Census).
Here are the Police 2009 Salaries – Source: Portsmouth City Budget and information provided by City Manager Bohenko.