New York, NY – The mass exodus plaguing the New York Police Department (NYPD) may be having the biggest impact on its investigations with more than 100 seasoned detectives filing their retirement paperwork in June.
Statistics showed that 250 NYPD detectives have retired so far this year and sources told the New York Post that another 75 veteran investigators were planning to retire in July.
Before the June retirements began, the police force had 5,600 detectives.
That’s almost 2,000 fewer detectives than NYPD had on the department less than 20 years ago, the New York Post reported.
The detectives’ union warned that the city was going to start feeling the impact of losing so many experienced investigators so quickly.
“That’s going to have a major impact on investigating crimes,” NYPD Detectives Endowment Association (DEA) President Paul DiGiacomo said. “The detective squads are down now as we speak and are investigating more cases. It’s going to have an impact on public safety.”
The record numbers of detectives began retiring when the pandemic first began, the New York Post reported.
NYPD numbers showed that 794 detectives retired in 2020.
Another 395 detectives retired in 2021, according to the New York Post.
Sources said having 100 veteran investigators retire in one month was very unusual.
NYPD Detective Jason Caputo said he had “had enough” during his walkout ceremony from the 105th Precinct on Tuesday, the New York Post reported.
“To know me is to know I love the job in and out, but it’s not the same job I joined,” the 51—year-old Det. Caputo said.
Det. Caputo retired after serving 18 years on the force, which means he won’t receive the full pension benefits that he would if he had stayed for 20 years, the New York Post reported.
But the veteran Queens investigator said it wasn’t worth it.
“The no-bail law was a big thing with me,” Det. Caputo said. “It’s not even really crimefighting anymore. You arrest somebody for assault 2 with a weapon and then the person is back at the precinct getting his property the next day. They’re not locking anyone up, even those with records. Pay your debt to society. You broke the law.”
He said he had also worried about having problems with new city laws during arrests, like the one that bans officers from putting pressure on a suspect’s diaphragm while trying to detain them, the New York Post reported.
“Things you do on the street can affect your whole life,” Det. Caputo explained. “I’ll always be a cop in my heart.”
The problem with retention isn’t limited to the investigative units in the NYPD.
As of June, more than 1,500 NYPD officers had either retired or quit, setting a record for the biggest one-year exodus ever from the nation’s largest police department.
NYPD pension statistics obtained by the New York Post showed that 524 officers had resigned as of May 31, and another 1,072 officers have retired.
That number – 1,596 departures in total – is up 38 percent from the same time last year, according to the pension board statistics.
It was up a shocking 46 percent from the number of officers who left NYPD in 2020, according to the New York Post.
Only 1,092 NYPD officers had left the force by the end of May two years ago.
Interestingly, the pension board statistics do not match the figures that NYPD has released to the public, the New York Post reported.
NYPD figures showed just 1,091 officers had left as of May 31, 505 short of what the agency responsible for officers’ retirement showed.
The department has claimed that 494 officers had quit and 594 retired, the New York Post reported.