New York, NY- New York City Police Department officials plan on placing already stretched thin detectives to stand watch in high crime areas in an effort to curb soaring crime rates across the city in what a union official calls a ‘scarecrow’ tactic.
New York City is known for its soft on crime policies but this plan seems, at the very least fruitless and even more so a waste of valuable resources.
The detectives primary focus is to solve crimes and put away the suspects responsible to stem future crimes from being committed. If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that criminals don’t stop at one crime- they keep going until they get caught.
Union Leader Speaks Out
In addition to being a gross waste of one of the departments most effective tools, it irresponsible and dangerous.
DEA (Detectives’ Endowment Association) President Paul DiGiacomo told the NY Post:
“The seasoned officers have been forced to trade in their suits for the department’s basic blue uniforms and stand at assigned posts, mostly overnight, the Detectives’ Endowment Association told The Post.”
“Caseloads are as high as 500 per detective in some precinct squads,’’ he said. “Now we are being put into uniform to stand on fixed posts while crime continues to rise.”
DEA President Paul DiGiacomo likened it to ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul.
What police administration is essentially doing is laterally shifting a problem, with no ultimate solution in the end.
It begs to wonder, how much of this plan is political in nature? Are city officials acting desperate so they can prove they ‘tried to fix the problem?’
That’s what Democrat politicians do.
DiGiacomo calls this strategy the ‘scarecrow’ tactic.
He further stated to NY Post:
“Narcotics detectives, Special Victims detectives, homicide detectives, organized-crime detectives are being used as scarecrows instead of being allowed to make the cases that keep criminals off our streets. This is just plain dangerous.”
An officer stands on a post, typically overnight in a high crime area, whose mere presence should allegedly deter crime.
However, it ultimately does little.
Criminals simply adjust their strategy because they still have the need and desire to commit a crime to accomplish a goal- compensation by robbery, gratification by rape, and so on.
Locals Speak Out
Since New York has released its bail reform several years, residents and local business owners have paid the price.
In a statement given by Willy Willie, 48 who works at Brownville Market and Deli, told the NY Post:
“I get up in the morning, and when I leave for work, I’m not sure if I’m going to get back home — somebody just got killed here last week for no reason.”
“We need more detectives on the streets to stop the crime because it’s gotten unleashed,” he said. “People have no respect, people are killing each other with guns — we need people to feel more secure.”
Another local, Maime Gray also told the NY Post:
“There’s too much going on — too much shooting, the guns especially.” She said, “this is the worst to me because they let people out of jail. That’s what I think … when it started.”
Since the bail reform, crime has gone up, the NYPD has been vilified and there seems to be no end in sight.
According to NYPD data:
- “Major crimes in New York City have skyrocketed 37% so far this year — driven by grand larcenies, auto thefts, burglaries and robberies.
- Grand larceny has shot up 49% so far this year over last year as of Sunday — from 18,058 to 26,908. Auto theft has spiked by 46.2%, from 4,855 to 7,100.
- Robbery is up 39.2%, from 6,530 to 9,091, and burglaries increased by 32.9%, from 6,251 to 8,305, the numbers show.
- Felonious assault rose by 18.6% and rapes saw an 11% increase so far this year over 2021.”
In too many cases, violent crime has been committed by a suspect who was released from jail awaiting trial, who would have otherwise been sitting in jail.
But city judges cannot use discretion when it comes to keeping suspects behind bars, even in common sense conditions where an arrested suspect has a laundry list for a violent criminal background.
Just how many more residents, visitors and business owners have to be victimized before change occurs.
The solution is clear.
New York City officials need to refund the police and give them the respect they’re due because if not, New York will continue to fall back into the dark ages.
NYPD cops are no longer putting up with this treatment.
Exodus of Biblical proportions? NYPD has seen more than 1,500 cops retire or quit in the first 5 months of 2022
NEW YORK, NY – Nearly 1,600 cops have retired or resigned from the NYPD in the first 5 months of 2022. That represents an increase of 38% over 2021 and 46% more the 2020 numbers.
Let’s pause for a minute to grasp what that means.
1,596 officers are no longer in their roles with the NYPD, so far in 2022. Based on the monthly average of 319.2, the NYPD is poised to lose just over 11% of their department’s force this year, or 3,830 officers.
That number is staggering when you consider that would outdistance the previous two years combined by more than 1,500.
In 2019, there were 36,900 officers employed by the NYPD.
Today, there are 34,687.
NYPD continues to hemorrhage Cops from retirements and resignation transfers to other departments, rampant crime and the Stooges send out unconstitutional Termination letters – @JoeBorelliNYC @MikeWReilly @davidwebbshow @JGilliam_SEAL pic.twitter.com/zEvRSUpupK
— E-Man-Detective4LifeAgain (@RicoRic30563203) June 14, 2022
So, what is driving this mass exodus?
The New York Post discussed the opinion of one officer who left the NYPD to work at a different Long Island department.
“Anti-cop hostility, bail reform, and rising crime have fed into frustration among the NYPD rank and file,” the officer said of his decision to leave after 6 1/2 years with NYPD.
The Post spoke with a cop whose beat is in Queens who was identified only as Joe.
“The city is out of control, especially since bail reform,” he said of his patrol job, which he claims has continued to worsen over time.
The mindset of Joe and others is now “get out while you still can.”
“The last few years so many people had been leaving and manpower was so low that you’d go to work, and you’d answer 25 to 30 jobs a day and you’re burnt out by the end of the day,” he said, adding, “there was no time for law enforcement,” as it was “radio run, radio run, radio run all day long.”
Joe pointed to criminal and bail reform as a major issue. When he does make an arrest, they are typically back on the street and coming back to collect their property from the precinct the same day.
“Residents would ask, ‘Why does this keep happening?’ and I would have to explain to them, ‘This guy is going to be locked up tonight, but tomorrow night he’s going to come down your block again, he’s going to be on the same corner, you’re going to see him in the same stores. I wish there was more we could do. But we can’t,’” Joe said.
Joe said he is aware that he will get a fraction of the pension at his new department than he would have received with NYPD, but it was worth making the move.
“Cops who made the move before me said, ‘It’s a decision you have to make. You can’t turn this job down. The quality of life is better, they treat you more like a human being than a number,'” Joe said. “My friends were all going to the Port Authority, Nassau, Suffolk, MTA.”
Joe also told the post that he checks in daily with friends at his old Queens precinct.
“When I ask, ‘How are things?’ the response is, ‘Horrible. Worse than when you left,’ and it’s only been six months,” he added.
Joe isn’t alone in voicing his frustration.
Police Benevolent Association Patrolman Union President, Patrick Lynch, chimed in.
“The NYPD is sliding deeper into a staffing crisis that will ultimately hurt public safety. Low pay, inferior benefits and constant abuse from the City Council and other anti-cop demagogues has pushed attrition to record highs.
We need more cops working more hours to turn the tide of violence, but there is only so much overtime they can squeeze out of the cops who remain.”
The department was hoping to bring on 1,009 from the class that was sworn in back in December of 2021. They fell short of that goal, hiring only 675.
So, how do they get the attrition to stop?
(For the record, attrition is the best word to describe this situation. Attrition is defined as: the process of gradually reducing the strength or effectiveness of someone or something through sustained attack or pressure, which is what the Defund movement has been.)
— Joseph L. Giacalone (@JoeGiacalone) June 13, 2022
John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor, Joseph Giacalone, addressed that very question.
“It will take 20 years to fix this mess,” the former NYPD sergeant said. “The city is bleeding blue and only the cop haters will be celebrating. There’s no way to stop it. Activists, abolitionists, and their pandering politicians have done so much damage to the profession, that it will take a generation to fix, if at all.”
Where does the new Mayor of New York stand on the situation, given his career as an officer and Captain with the NYPD?
It doesn’t seem to bother him.
GoodDay New York asked Adams that very question.
“Mr. Mayor, are you concerned there are reports that over 500 cops are resigning and over a thousand are retiring? Does that concern you?”
His response was only four words long.
Mayor Eric Adams Not Concerned About Record Levels of NYPD Retirements https://t.co/CPNon9A3pR
— LET Writers (@LetWriters) June 17, 2022
“No, it does not,” was his answer.
His lack of concern does not bode well for fixing the problem.
NYPD is feeling the pain up and down its ranks!
Four white NYPD chiefs say they were forced out of their jobs by mayor to fit his “diversity agenda”
NEW YORK – Former NYC mayor Bill de Blasio forced four White NYPD top officials out of their jobs in order to push his diversity agenda, say the officers.
De Blasio forced out four White NYPD chiefs as part of diversity push, court docs allege https://t.co/JFfbxIdWjZ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 9, 2022
An amended complaint revealed e-mails from 2017 between de Blasio and former Commissioner James O’Neill that expressed concern over the retirement of Carlos Gomez, the Chief of the Department, who is of Cuban descent.
They stated that it would “only exacerbate the demographic tensions” in the city.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of former Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe in the Southern District of New York revealed e-mails that have been cited as a portion of the ongoing lawsuit.
They provide details on how de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, allegedly influenced NYPD personnel matters.
The complaint states that the e-mails show “a cynical public relations move that put de Blasio’s political interests ahead of the law and the well-being of dedicated NYPD civil servants.”
According to Fox News, Jaffe, Thomas Purtell, Chief of Citywide Operations, Diane Pizzuti, Chief of Personnel, and Joseph Fox, Chief of Transit, were forced into retirement in January 2018. This was all due to de Blasio’s push to place people of color into NYPD higher positions.
The complaint states that de Blasio and his wife led interviews to find a replacement for Jaffe’s position. This all took place before Jaffe was aware of being forced out of her job.
E-mails reveal de Blasio wanted the press release announcement for Nilda Hofmann announcing her job as Chief of Campus Security using her maiden name of Irizarry. This was to place emphasis on her Latino background. Yet, Hofmann had not used that name for over two decades.
Deputy Chief Rodney Harrison was pushed to take over for Gomez because he is Black e-mails reveal. Terence Monahan was named as the new Chief of the Department, and Harrison took Monaha’s previous position.
Fox remarked that,
“What they did was unethical.
The mayor was increasingly tinkering in personnel decisions later in his eight years.
It got so you could not promote deputy inspectors without checking with City Hall.
But there was no explanation, no footnote, no press release that said why we needed to do this.”
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