Liverpool Trustee Bob Gaetano, who works as a local school administrator, pointed out that -- by actively tightening their belts during this difficult time -- the PBA members are looking at the long-term rather than short-term benefits. Their willingness to share the current burden could help save their jobs in the long run.
"These are people with families who want to hang on to their jobs," Gaetano said. Because they're doing this voluntarily shows leadership and cooperation, he added.
"It's a great thing that they're doing," Gaetano said. "I want to go up to each of the officers out on the street and shake their hands."
Both White and Gaetano hope that other village employees, including the six full-timers on the department of public works, will follow the PBA's lead.
"I think you'll see all village employees take a similar stand," White predicted.
Because many LPD officers either reside or own businesses in the village, Becker said, they understand the plight of the average taxpayer.
"Knowing the village had a 10 percent hit, we understood that we're a part of this community, not just employees of the community," Becker said.
Being a member of the LPD community has become tradition in Sgt. Mike Manns' family since 1969, when his late father, Dan Manns, joined the department.
Mike Manns is now president of the Liverpool PBA.
He pointed to his family's long-time experience, along with the department's traffic and DWI patrols and community policing as elements of the LPD's service for residents.
A full list of LPD services can be found online at villageofliverpool.org.
Photo by Farah Jadran Pike. LPD COMMUNITY: Liverpool Police Chief Bill Becker, left, stands with LPD Sgt. Mike Manns and Officer Gerald Unger, far right, outside the village police department.