Newly released data suggests that members of the New York City Police Department are seeing record resignations as members of the force are leaving to pursue greener, and less violent, pastures.
According to a new report from The New York Post, a staggering 239 officers left the force in January and February, marking a 36 percent spike from the previous year’s numbers. Compared to 2021, resignations have seen a shocking 117 percent increase from the 110 officers who left the force that year.
The staggering loss of personnel is the worst in over 15 years when 250 officers left the force within the two first months of the year back in 2007. However, back then they weren’t leaving due to high crime, it was instead a contract dispute with city officials.
“The NYPD needs to be rebuilt from the ground up — it’s unfixable in its current state,” an officer told The Post. “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,” the veteran NYPD officer explained. “Meanwhile, precincts barely have enough personnel to meet the minimum required to safely answer 911 calls.”
Many of the officers are leaving the force to find better pay and benefits with Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch saying, “The NYPD staffing emergency is approaching the point of no return,” adding, “We are losing cops to better pay and benefits in other policing jobs almost every day.”
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Manhattan has seen an unprecedented crime surge in recent years with felony crimes reaching the highest point in 15 years.
172,852 felony crimes took place in 2022, making it the highest level of such crime in the city since at least 2006. In comparison, the number of felony crimes in the city in 2021 was 143,522, an increase of over 20 percent year-over-year.
2006, when the data was first recorded, saw 171,318 felony crimes.
The shocking news comes as Mayor Eric Adams (D) tackled shootings and subway crime last year, yet has struggled to handle the broader problem of crime in the city.
“Remember this the next time Kathy Hochul and the Dems try to gaslight New Yorkers again that crime is going down. Felony crimes surged in NYC last year,” wrote former Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
Former NYPD Supervisor Chris Hermann told the New York Post that the crime statistics “in a large city aren’t supposed to grow that much or go down that much in one year,” adding, “This is kind of like monumental kind of stuff.”
“The end-of-year numbers are horrible like you can’t get like there’s no way to get around that,” he added.
The leadership in the Big Apple, led by Mayor Eric Adams (D) has shown his inability to fix the lasting problem of crime in the city. Many New Yorkers saw Adams as a law & order candidate that would be able to bring stability back to the city, however, his failures keep stacking up and the people of America’s largest city are suffering because of it.
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