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.

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.)

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.

“No, it does not,” was his answer.

His lack of concern does not bode well for fixing the problem.


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.


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.”




U.S. Marine, NYPD Intelligence Officer: The “war on police” is very, very real – open your eyes, America

Tragedy strikes again at the heart of the NYPD and New York City with the shooting deaths of police Officer Jason Rivera, a 22-year-old with just two years on the job and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, 27-years-old with four years.

The officers were responding to a call for a domestic dispute where the mother had called on her son, 47-year-old Lashawn McNeil.

As the officers approached the rear bedroom in the apartment, McNeil opened fire with an illegally possessed .45 caliber Glock pistol equipped with a high capacity magazine, fatally shooting both officers.

At a press conference, NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and NYC Mayor Eric Adams both gave impassioned speeches about gun violence and the emotional trauma experienced within New York City, their administration and the New York City Police Department.

Mayor Eric Adams called out Washington DC stating that the gun trafficking into NYC is a “Failure at the Federal Level”.

Mayor Adams went on to say that “We are going to find these guns and do everything possible to remove them”.  “We are going to protect this city”.

For now, New York City and the NYPD are still in morning over the tragic loss of Officer Rivera.  There will be an Inspector’s funeral for Officer Rivera and Officer Mora with full honors where thousands of law enforcement officers from both the NYPD and around the country will come, paying their respects to a complete stranger.

But Officer Rivera and Mora are not strangers, rather a band of Brothers in Blue, part of a family that transcends geographical boundaries.

Officers Rivera and Mora were the epitome of what is good and decent, of what it means to serve something greater than yourself, to sacrifice everything, to come to the aide of anyone who needed help without hesitation, valor and bravery at the highest level.

But after the last note from the bagpipe has played, the folding of the American flags from the caskets of Officer Rivera and Mora presented to his grieving families, there will be a clarion call for justice.

Will Mayor Adams make good on his promises, to do everything possible to rid NYC of guns and gun violence?

Will Police Commissioner Sewell reinstate the NYPD’s “Broken Windows” policy, a proven strategy from Mayor Giuliani’s administration where minor “Quality of Life” violations were enforced?

Will plain clothes units like “Street Crime and Anti-Crime” be resurrected to combat this plague of violent street felonies like carjackings, robberies and other vicious assaults?

Or was Mayor Adams simply pandering to the cameras, to the national audience with hubris and bluster, shifting the blame to Washington DC while never actually explaining how he plans to address this serious problem?

There is a true “War on Police” where the criminal element feels emboldened to take up arms without fear.

In McNeil’s case, he is a proven cancer on society and career criminal out on parole, who repeatedly espoused hateful anti-government and anti-police rhetoric on social media.

After years of bashing the police, labeling them as “racist”, many cities across the country are on life support.

This collapse of society can be pointed directly at the politicians who at the local, state and national level, not only championed the call to “Defund the Police”, but also used it as wedge issue during many of their respective campaigns.

The solution to this problem is glaringly obvious.  The question remains; do the mayor of New York City and the police commissioner of the NYPD have the leadership ability to restore law and order and take back their city from the criminals?

The time for action is now.  No more hollow words and speeches that deflect from responsibility but a committed law enforcement strategy to save the City of New York.

We owe this to Police Officer Jason Rivera, his partner Police Officer Wilbert Mora and their families.

Christopher Strom is a US Marine, NYPD Intelligence Officer and author of “Brooklyn to Baghdad: An NYPD Cop Fights Terror in Iraq.  Mr. Strom is also a frequent guest on major news media outlets, giving context on Counter Terrorism and Policing in America.

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

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NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability.

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

U.S. Marine, NYPD Intelligence Officer: The “war on police” is very, very real - open your eyes, America
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources. 

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.”


He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded.

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now. 

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

U.S. Marine, NYPD Intelligence Officer: The “war on police” is very, very real - open your eyes, America
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement….

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset.

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

U.S. Marine, NYPD Intelligence Officer: The “war on police” is very, very real - open your eyes, America
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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