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Detectives' Endowment Association

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Founded  1917
Office location  New York City
Members  17,200 (2013)
Country  United States
Full name  Detectives Endowment Association, City of New York Inc.
Key people  Michael Palladino, President

The Detectives Endowment Association of the City of New York is the second largest labor union representing police officers of the New York City Police Department.



The Detectives' Endowment Association was founded in 1917 to represent active and retired detectives of the New York City Police Department. In 1963 it was granted independent collective bargaining rights to negotiate on behalf its members. In 2013 the Union won a case in the Manhattan Supreme Court over pay discrepancies involving the salary raises for detectives and police officers. Their case was rejected by the Board of Collective Bargaining but a judge ruled in their favor and the detectives have now been promised back pay.

Organization and Membership

The Union represents 5,500 active and 12,000 retired New York City Police Detectives. Members of the Union and some of their family members are given union membership cards which have been the subject of some controversy. Although the cards are not recognized by the police department, in some cases non-members have purchased them online and used them as a way to avoid traffic tickets. This controversy caused some effort within the New York City Council to ban the membership cards but as of 2014 they have not been.

Political advocacy

The Detectives' Endowment Association actively participates in politics by endorsing and donating to the campaign's of different politicians. They also employ a registered lobbying firm, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC, to lobby on their behalf with the city government. In 2012 they donated over $350,000 dollars to both Republican and Democratic campaigns with 50% going to Republicans and 48% to Democrats. In 2014 they endorsed New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after endorsing his opponent four years earlier citing Schneiderman's support for increased bulletproof vest distribution, expanded background checks, and combating smart phone crime.


Detectives' Endowment Association Wikipedia

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