From the NY Post:
The NYPD allows up to two traffic agents per shift to personally guard the private vehicles of fellow meter monitors in the Westchester Square neighborhood of The Bronx.
On the taxpayers' dime, the meter-agents-turned-security-guards -- who make an average $36,500 a year -- spend their whole shifts standing on the corner of St. Raymond and East Tremont avenues, occasionally patrolling the 15 or so cars parked there by colleagues.
The Post recently observed every one of the cars parked all day at expired, two-hour coin meters -- clearly in violation of parking-meter regulations -- but not one ticket was issued.
The meter guards don't even bother to carry their ticket-writing machines.
"[The agents say], 'These are our cars -- we get courtesy just like the police get courtesy,' " when it comes to parking, local businessman Raymond Lopez said.
Peter Hernandez, who owns a locksmith shop on the block, said, "Every day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., [they] act like security guards. They told us once, 'We're not allowed to give tickets here.' "
The NYPD says the guard shifts are necessary and that 33 vehicles -- both department and personal -- belonging to traffic-enforcement agents "were vandalized recently, including slashed tires, keyed exteriors, nails driven into tires and windows broken," said spokesman Paul Browne.
"As a result, one or two TEAs [traffic enforcement agents] have been posted in the vicinity to deter the vandalism," Browne said.
Some residents say they believe that the vandalism was caused by someone who angrily watched the traffic agents park as they please for years.
The waste has been going on for years, residents say.