Your Sept. 27 editorial "Inspectors can't have benefits go both ways" misinformed readers on multiple facts.
State inspectors don't "collect the enhanced retirement benefits designed for actual police." California employees earn retirement benefits under three formulas. Peace officers receive 3 percent per year of service at 50. Safety employees — including our inspectors — get 2.5 percent at age 55, and miscellaneous employees (the bulk of the state work force) receive2 percent at age 55.
The $11 million cost you cited is based on an old CalPERS estimate, which overlooks the savings to the state by the inspectors not being within the Social Security system. Inspectors can't receive benefits for the time employed outside that system, nor does the state have to pay 6.2 percent of their payroll costs to the federal government.
As it stands now, CalPERS collects only 1.75 percent of payroll more than the miscellaneous-classified state employee to cover our members' enhanced benefits — but our employees pays1 percent of that.
The bottom line is that the benefit we negotiated with former Gov. Gray Davis saves the state 5.45 percent of payroll, resulting to this day in a yearly savings to the state of $10 million.
President, California Statewide Law Enforcement Association