There have been warnings for years that actions have consequences.
Regular everyday New Yorkers will have to deal with more criminal chaos.
Now Eric Adams has watched the NYPD reach one grim milestone and officials are concerned.
New York City (NYC) police officers are resigning from their duties at a shocking rate under Eric Adams’ administration, according to the New York Post.
“It’s unfixable in its current state”
At least 239 officers left the force in January and February.
This is a 36% spike from the 176 who fled in the same period last year and a disturbing 117% jump from the 110 in 2021, according to NYPD pension data.
This marks the largest number of resignations for the first two months of a year since 250 members quit in 2007 during a contentious contract dispute.
One veteran cop said, “The NYPD needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. It’s unfixable in its current state.”
Police are leaving over what they consider anti-cop politics, woke bail reform policies that make criminal justice a revolving door and poor pay.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch represents 22,000 officers and says, “We are losing cops to better pay and benefits in other policing jobs almost every day.”
The start of the problem can be traced back to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.
This led to nationwide protests and calls to defund the police.
Gross mismanagement and low morale
But one officer believes there is more at play here, saying, “It’s not just politics and poor pay. Precinct cops are being forced to work an inhumane amount of overtime, including on their days off, while being penalized for minor uniform and administrative infractions. Meanwhile, precincts barely have enough personnel to meet the minimum required to safely answer 911 calls. Hundreds of cops are being hidden under fake assignments or assigned to headquarters sitting at a desk all day and are considered ‘untouchable’ for patrol or enforcement duty because they have high-ranking supervisors protecting them.”
Spero Georgedakis is a former Miami SWAT team officer who helps recruit and relocate New York City cops to Florida departments.
He says, “The allure and luster of the NYPD is gone for now. They need to restore that. We had four or five New York City police officers reach out to us last week. They saw the spots, and we gave them salary quotes.”
At the current rate, 1,400 cops are projected to resign this year before qualifying for retirement — outpacing even last year’s record 1,297 early exits.
Unfortunately for New Yorkers that threatens to further exacerbate incidents of crime, which have been on the upswing for the past couple of years.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.