With respect to basic (“core") operations of the Port Authority, overtime hours in the first quarter of 2019 were 7% under budget. The reduced number of core overtime hours compared to budget was the result of a new graduating Port Authority Police recruit class and fewer retirements than projected, both of which are factors that reduced the need for overtime utilization in the PAPD.
With respect to Port Authority operations that are heavily affected by requirements that vary every year (e.g. snow removal; “non-core" in the table), in Q1 2019, actual overtime required for these special needs/non-core expenditures exceeded the Port Authority's projected and budged amounts by 24,000 hours. This overage was entirely attributable to higher than expected snow and ice removal activity.
Overall, the agency was 2% below the projected and budgeted number of overtime hours.
Comparing Q1 2019 to Q1 2018, actual overtime utilization for basic (“core") operations was flat.
Overall overtime hours in Q1 2019 were down 2% compared to Q1 2018. The decrease in overtime utilization (by 13,000 hours) when compared to the first quarter of 2019 can be attributed to the PAPD staffing trends described above and to a less intense winter, requiring fewer snow and ice related overtime hours.