New York, NY – About 50 police officers resigned from the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Friday to accept positions with the Nassau County Police Department on Long Island.
Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that most of the officers who have departed had less than five years on the police force, meaning a loss of expensively-trained young officers the department had expected to have around for a long time.
“The city spent millions of dollars training these cops hoping that they would be around for another 20-plus years,” one NYPD officer said. “That money and experience just walked out the door, putting a further drain on the city’s budget nightmare.”
Sources said that many of the officers were going to initially take a pay cut to make the transfer to Nassau County PD, but that it would be worth it in the long run, the New York Post reported.
“They are going to a department where they will be better appreciated by their community, local politicians and district attorneys who still value the job they do protecting innocent people and property over criminals,” one source explained.
The source said officers who joined Nassau County’s police force will also end up making more money in the end, according to the New York Post.
Despite the craziness of the past nine months, which included both the coronavirus pandemic and countless violent protests across the city, the officers who have left for Long Island started looking to leave NYPD a long time ago.
The last time Nassau County police held an entrance exam was in January of 2018, the New York Post reported.
Huge numbers of veteran officers turned in their retirement papers over the summer, so many that NYPD had to put a cap on how many could leave per month.
The low morale was so widely known about that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was actively trying to poach from NYPD’s ranks, the New York Post reported.
NYPD Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Pat Lynch blamed the mass exodus on the fact the city is unwilling to reach deeper into its pockets to pay for high-quality officers.
“We continue to lose trained, experienced police officers to Nassau County and other departments where they can earn up to 70 percent more,” Lynch told the New York Post in a written statement. “It’s yet another sign that New York City politicians don’t really care about improving policing in this city.”
“What they want is fewer cops on streets, and their refusal to pay us a fair-market wage is getting them exactly that,” the union boss added.
NYPD had 34,184 officers in 2020, down from 36,900 in 2019, the New York Post reported.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio further handicapped his police force when he cancelled a July class of 1,200 recruits amidst calls to defund the police department.
Violent crime in the city has skyrocket. Shootings have doubled since last year, and murders are up 40 percent, according to the New York Post.
On Monday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea promised a worried public that there would be 900 new officers joining the department over the next two months.
“The establishment of this new class is welcome news as these officers will begin the 2021 calendar year by continuing the Department’s mission to engage with the community while zeroing in on the drivers of crime,” Commissioner Shea told reporters at a press conference on Dec. 14, the New York Post reported.
The recruits will begin at the academy on Dec. 29 and continue entering on a rolling basis through February.
“Once they graduate, every single one of these officers will play a critical role in neighborhood policing and ensuring residents in all five boroughs experience the level of public safety they deserve,” the commissioner promised.