A new federal audit released Friday shows that the New York City Police Department spends an average of $5,400 per officer per year to secure its officers, compared to $3,300 for the average city worker.
The audit, part of a new Department of Homeland Security program called Operation Safe Streets, shows that NYPD officers work an average 13 hours per week on security duties.
Police also spend more time patrolling the streets and at night than the average U.S. citizen, according to the report.
The audit, based on a sample of 1,700 officers, found that New York spent $2.2 billion to hire more officers in fiscal 2017, more than twice the $1.9 billion spent by the national average.
The city also spent more than $9 million on the city’s own police overtime, according a spokesman for the department.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office declined to comment on the audit, citing an ongoing investigation.
In the audit released Thursday, the Office of Inspector General found that the NYPD has a backlog of more than 2,500 security guards in a range of fields, including transportation, construction and sanitation, and the Inspector General’s Office is investigating the staffing levels of each of the seven city police districts.
The NYPD does not identify the nature of the security officers it hires, according the audit.
It said it has identified at least 1,300 officers whose training has been completed, but not yet assigned to a particular patrol district.
The department has hired more than 4,400 security guards since the start of fiscal 2017 and expects to hire another 2,000 by the end of this year.
The inspector general’s report noted that the city does not have an official record of how many of the officers assigned to each patrol district are working on a specific assignment, such as on a criminal investigation.