NYPD Sees Spike In Retirement Filings

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July 09, 2020 - 10:12 am

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The number of NYPD officers who are retiring or planning to retire has spiked amid protests over police brutality and growing calls to defund the police. 

    An NYPD spokesperson told CNN 503 officers have filed for retirement since May 25, compared to 287 during the same period in 2019. There have also been 306 retirements.

    The retirements come in wake of a recent $1 billion cut to the NYPD's budget also canceled a class of 1,163 recruits and the passage of sweeping police reform by the City Council.

    "That’s almost 1,000 less officers to keep us safe and battle gun violence that is skyrocketing," the New York City Police Benevolent Association tweeted. "There is also no new police academy class in sight. Less officers means more violence."

    Union President Pat Lynch issued a statement saying, "These retirement and resignation numbers are one answer to the question on every police officer's mind: how are we supposed to do our job in this environment? City Hall and Albany have completely dismantled our justice system. They have passed a law that makes it virtually impossible to safely place a resisting person under arrest. And now that crime is out of control, they want to blame us for that, too. Whether we have 20 years on the job or only two, police officers are tired of trying to sort out these mixed messages. Many of us are looking elsewhere."

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