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NEW YORK, NY – Officers in New York are leaving at record numbers with many of those leaving citing the perception of officers through the city and the media as the reason.
As of June of 2022, over 1,500 officers in the city have left with few willing to sign up to fill the gaps.
— Heather Mac Donald (@HMDatMI) August 16, 2022
Since the death of George Floyd in 2020, the ongoing war against cops picked up steam and has led many in the profession to question whether putting on the badge is worth it anymore.
While some agencies, like the NYPD, claim a large number of officers leaving is due to retirement, that is not always the case.
In August, Law Enforcement Today and other news outlets reported on the almost 2,500 officers that have filed intentions of leaving the agency before retirement benefits.
This begs the question, why would someone give up their full retirement benefits when they have invested years into a profession?
🤔🤔🤔Hmmm…@NYPDnews is giving a hiring test TOMORROW, but they're already recruiting for another one. Looks like they already know they won't get the # of applicants they need.
And cops are still quitting in droves.
This isn't a staffing "problem." It is a staffing crisis. https://t.co/teMfblWMTn
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 11, 2022
According to some, the reason why is the liberal agenda that has seemingly flipped the script between the officers and criminals.
Instead of the criminals being referred to as the ‘bad guys,’ it is now, in some areas, the cops that are known as the bad guys regardless of what they do.
According to the New York Post, one officer told them the “anti-cop hostility” was one of the main reasons he had for leaving the NYPD. He also had a warning for those that stay behind…get out while you can:
“Anti-cop hostility, bail reform, and rising crime [are reasons to leave]. The city is out of control – especially since bail reform…get out while you still can.”
Another large city that is losing officers at a rapid rate is the Oakland Police Department. That agency was one of the first to proudly move forward with defunding its agency.
In June of 2021, the Oakland City Council voted to remove $17.4 million away from the agency, even though the area had seen an increase in street violence, mass violence, and deadly shootings.
The police union in Oakland cites the reason why officers in the city are leaving is because of a lack of support from the City Council during a time when violent crime continues to increase.
Oakland Officer Barry Donelan, who is also the President of the Police Union in Oakland, had this to say about the departures:
“Just stop the rhetoric. It costs nothing. Don’t blame Oakland Police Officers for everything that ills Oakland…No matter how many police academies the council sets up they will never be able to keep up with the levels of attrition.”
#NYPDExodus2022 isn’t driven by veteran cops retiring. It’s driven by cops quitting mid-career, often to take another policing job.
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 12, 2022
Law Enforcement agencies nationwide are on hiring sprees, attempting to entice the greatest of those that are willing to step up and become law enforcement officers. Many agencies have resorted to offering hiring bonuses in the tens of thousands of dollars to get them.
Odds are that those that are thinking of changing agencies over what they feel is a lack of support from city leaders are more likely going to make the jump to another agency that is known to support their officers.
“Screw this city and it’s leaders”: Thousands of NYPD officers leaving before getting full pensions
NEW YORK, NY – The New York Police Department is losing officers by the thousands, not because of retirement, injury, or people moving away, but rather because they have had “enough” according to the PBA.
The PBA claims the agency should admit there is a problem and fix it as opposed to denying the issue exists.
At the New York Police Department, officers must work a minimum of twenty years to receive their full pension benefits which the majority have until recently.
New reports provided by the NYPD pension fund, obtained by the New York Post, is showing that there is a large number of the 2,456 officers that have filed paperwork to leave the agency this year are doing so before they reach that milestone.
The reason why is up for debate. According to the NYPD, is it because there is a large number of rookie officers graduating from the police academy as the NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey claims?
Or is it because of the seemingly constant negative attention the officers are getting from the media, social activists, and liberal lawmakers claiming the agency is crooked and they should be defunded?
The NYPD Police Benevolent Association President, Patrick Lynch, believes the number of officers who are leaving the agency is doing so because of how they are treated. Every day there seems to be a new media release where an officer has been attacked simply for doing their job, and in some cases by those alleged criminals who should have been in custody.
In an interview with the Post, Lynch commented on the number of officers leaving by saying:
“We have had retirement waves caused by large academy classes before – they were nothing like this. This exodus is the result of cops in the prime of their careers deciding they have had enough. The NYPD should stop trying to explain this staffing crisis away, admit there’s a problem and help us fix it.”
Lynch explained his reasoning for the officers to be leaving before obtaining their full pension by saying:
“They are leaving for other opportunities where they’re paid better, treated better and have a better quality of life.”
Part of the problem may also be that the criminals seemingly have no fear of consequences for their actions. After all, when everyone in the country knows that you can attack a cop and be home by dinner, especially when you are a juvenile, what is to fear?
For those that may not believe that last sentence is true, ask the two NYPD Transit officers who were attacked by a pair of teenagers when they were told to leave a subway station after jumping the turnstile to avoid paying the fare.
The two teenagers were arrested after officers were able to gain control thanks to an MTA worker, however, were released with a court date after going to family court.
One of those teenagers arrested has previously been in trouble for robbery and possession of a loaded gun.
But instead of focusing on the alleged criminals and holding them accountable, Lynch and others believe the hostile work environment allegedly carried on by the department is forcing officers to leave.
In June, an officer known only as Dave spoke to the Post about his decision to leave the NYPD after only being employed for seven years. He said that the work environment is “oppressive” and added:
“As soon as I left, I felt a huge weight off my shoulders. And the sad part is that the job doesn’t need to be this way. I hear it all the time from friends who went to other police departments. They say, ‘They treat me like an adult here.’”
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