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Desk jobs at the NYPD must be filled by civilian employees, not by cops, arbitrator Maurice Benewitz recently ruled. Benewitz ordered the police department to stop giving clerical work to police officers, whose salaries average more than $60,000, and to reassign desk duties to administrative aides, who earn roughly half that amount. The decision was a milestone for DC 37, which spent nearly 10 years preparing its case. The union expects the ruling to free up at least 3,500 police officers for street duty and save New York City over $100 million per year. –Abby Aguirre

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