Cops are hanging up their cuffs in huge numbers. 272 uniformed NYPD cops put in retirement papers in the last month alone.
An NYPD source suggested the recent departures could signal a coming crisis for the 36,000-member department, which also faces a $1 billion budget reduction. They said,
“We are worried about a surge in attrition reducing our headcount beyond what we can sustain without new recruits, and are afraid the City Council has not taken the surge into account.”
Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said cops are
“at their breaking point, whether they have 20 years on the job or only two. We are all asking the same question:
‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’
And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said that morale is
“at the lowest levels I’ve seen in 38 years.”
People have had enough and no longer feel it’s worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position.”
Outrage over George Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests, and some NYPD officers see themselves as collateral damage. One veteran Brooklyn cop, who is retiring next month said,
“It’s an all-out war on cops and we have no support.
I wanted to wait for my 30th anniversary in October, but the handwriting is on the wall.”
If you ask me, this is retribution for decades of unpunished police brutality. Not all cops are bad, but old-school policemen calling it quits is no cause for tears. Big changes are coming across the country.
(via NY Post)