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More Than 5,300 Cops Left NYPD In 2020, Exodus Continuing In 2021

New York, NY – New York Police Department data showed a 75 percent jump in officer retirements and resignations in 2020 compared to one year earlier.

More than 5,300 uniformed NYPD officers quit or submitted paperwork to retire last year, the New York Post reported.

The data showed that 2,600 officers resigned from the police department and 2,746 filed for retirement, bringing the grand total of NYPD off the streets in 2020 to 5,346.

The loss represented about 15 percent of the entire police force, the New York Post reported.

NYPD statistics showed that only 1,509 officers quit and just 1,544 retired in 2019, for a total loss of 3,053 uniformed officers that year.

As of April 5, the NYPD had only 34,974 uniformed officers on the street as compared to the 36,900 they had on the force in 2019, the New York Post reported.

So far this year – as of April 21 – already 831 NYPD officers have retired or resigned.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, predicted that the anti-cop climate will drive many more officers to leave the police force in 2021, the New York Post reported.

“Cops are forming a conga line down at the pension section and I don’t blame them,” Giacalone said. “NYPD cops are looking for better jobs with other departments or even embarking on new careers.”

The exodus started about a month after George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, sparking nationwide riots that have continued off and on for almost a year, the New York Post reported.

NYPD data showed that 272 officers put in their retirement papers between the day Floyd died and June 24, 2020, one month later.

Giacalone said the city council’s recent vote to do away with qualified immunity for police officers had turned “the job [into]… a minefield,” the New York Post reported.

The union that represents the rank-and-file of NYPD agreed with that assessment.

“The Mayor and City Council are absolutely trying to abolish the police,” NYPD Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Pat Lynch told the New York Post.

“They’ve kept our pay absurdly low. They’ve ratcheted up our exposure to lawsuits. They’ve demonized us at every opportunity. And they’ve taken away the tools we need to do the job we all signed up for, which is to keep our communities safe,” Lynch explained.

“Now the NYPD is spending money on slick recruiting ads to replace the experienced cops who are leaving in droves,” he told the New York Post. “City Hall should just admit the truth: police abolition-through-attrition is their goal. They won’t stop until the job has become completely unbearable, and they’re getting closer to that goal with every passing day.”

Meanwhile, shootings have skyrocketed in New York City, FOX News reported.

New York City surpassed Chicago in gun violence last weekend with 31 people wounded in 28 different shootings across the city from Friday to Sunday.

Retired NYPD Officer Angel Maysonet, a 22-year veteran of the force, told FOX News more officers were considering their options than ever before.

“Police are being vilified across the country, they’re being painted as racist occupiers, just going in like an occupying army, trying to disrupt communities when it’s exactly the opposite,” Maysonet said. “They’re being demonized and vilified by politicians. Leadership is failing, right? They don’t back their police officers the way they should.”

“Everybody’s giving in to this woke culture and this ‘abolish the police’ or ‘defund the police’ mentality. So it’s taking a toll mentally on police officers,” he added.

Maysonet pointed out that attacks on officers and officials have increased dramatically because “criminals are emboldened because there are no consequences… no accountability,” FOX News reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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