Asbury Park Press has run a series of articles about the NJ property tax crisis. I agree that being a cop in NYC is a tough and sometimes dangerous job, but isn't Toms River where for most part your dealing with people like Artie and Robin. This is a snowball effect where one township's police force see what others are earning in the state and want the same. This captain earns more than the US Attorney General. One Toms River police captain will be paid nearly $200,000 this year. That’s almost as much as New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton’s $214,400 salary. Add in pension and health benefits, and the grand total hits $237,700. When two other captains with the same package are included, Toms River taxpayers will pay $713,300 for just three officers, according to the township’s business administrator. That’s just for one year. In one of 565 towns in the state. Toms River’s violent crime rate is seven times lower than New York City’s, yet a veteran Toms River patrol officer is paid up to 60 percent more. The township of about 91,500 residents has some 255 full- and part-time police employees. In neighboring Manchester, a sleepy retirement community where the median age is 65 and violent crime is rare, patrol officers can make up to $126,000. New York cops earn a base salary of $76,500 after 5 1/2 years. By further contrast, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch makes $199,700 to head the U.S. Department of Justice, which has more than 110,000 staffers, including the FBI. Police salaries in New Jersey, on average, are the highest in the nation. Moreover, each municipal force has its own command-and-control structure: a police chief, subordinates, patrol officers, and the civilian staff and equipment to support it. The 27,000 police officers at all levels of government account for $2.6 billion in salaries each year, for an average pay of $95,400, a Gannett New Jersey analysis of pension data show. Of those officers, 13,000 were paid a base salary of more than $100,000 last year, Gannett found. That’s a total of $1.6 billion, before overtime and benefits are added in. Twenty-two officers were paid more than $200,000, for a total of $4.7 million. “Given the economic realities, these kinds of costs (in New Jersey) cannot be sustained or aren’t going to be sustainable,” said Jerry Cantrell of Randolph, president of the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance, a nonprofit pushing for tax reform. High local salaries are emblematic of police costs throughout New Jersey, where most towns have their own police forces. Police salaries are a key part of the state’s highest-in-the-nation average property tax bill of $8,200, which business, civic and other leaders say weighs like an anvil on the state’s economy.