NBC 10 reports that City Controller Alan Butkovitz has found that Philly Police spent $64 million on overtime pay last year—up from $7 million the year before.
According to Butkovitz, the problem stems from a lack of internal control on personnel and payroll procedures.
“There wasn’t even a line on the paper for the lieutenant or the supervisor to say they’ve looked at it and authorized the overtime,” said Butkovitz.
City employee payroll records obtained by NBC10 show at least three police officers with a salary around $68,000 earned as much as $100,000 in overtime last year.
“A difference of $7 million affects how effective you can be in fighting crime because it affects how many officers you can hire and how you can deploy them,” said Butkovitz.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey hasn’t commented on the report, yet.