ALBANY – Seven State Police officers made more than the acting superintendent last year, and they’re about to make even more, thanks to retroactive pay hikes.

Heavy overtime and a new contract have put the division’s employees among the highest-paid state forces nationwide. The biggest paycheck for a trooper went to Philip Oalden, a dog handler who took in $169,229.29 last year from his Islip work station. That’s about $16,000 more than the $153,096 Acting Superintendent Preston Felton made. Oalden’s compensation included bonuses for fitness and longevity. He also worked 1,068.75 overtime hours – good for $72,709.80 on top of his base pay of $75,923.

He was among hundreds of troopers who …

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