The numbers are in. From March 26 to Oct. 5, 1,838 officers retired, compared to 999 during the same period in 2019, a surge of 84%, the NYPD said.
Some are beginning to fear a “troubling” shakeup as retirements and resignations continue to mount, officials said.
Union officials and others say the exodus is being fueled in part by racial justice advocates’ pressure to defund police departments or impose significant reforms.
According to Fox News, The NYPD said in an email this week that 2,385 officers have submitted their retirement papers this year as of Oct. 6 – an 87% increase from the 1,274 retirements reported during the same period in 2019.
The department said 372 others have resigned as of Oct. 6, five more than last year.
“The NYPD has seen a surge in the number of officers filing for retirement,” a spokesperson said in an email to Fox News this week. “While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to a range of factors, it is a troubling trend that we are closely monitoring.”
As of this week, the department’s headcount stood at just under 34,500, according to an NYPD spokesperson.
The cities top patrol cop, Chief Pichardo announced that he is retiring, leaving many guessing as to what his motives are. The President of the Police Benevolent Association of New York, Patrick Lynch said in a statement, “This is what happens when elected officials play political games with police department operations. Our top talent in all ranks is being driven out the door, and public safety is suffering. City Hall’s amateur-hour meddling has left the NYPD broken, almost beyond repair. We wish Chief Picardo a long, happy, and successful retirement. Wherever he goes next, they will be getting one of our finest.”
Recently in an article written by Paul DiGiacomo, president of the NYPD Detectives Endowment Association, he wrote, “Once again, the world is watching, looking for leaders to emerge. But this time they are witnessing elected officials flip-flopping on policies, publicly bickering and putting their political interests ahead of the New Yorkers they are sworn to serve. To add insult to injury, the lack of direction at City Hall has fueled the departure of thousands of highly experienced NYPD cops and executives who are actual leaders. Most recently, rising-star Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo abruptly filed for retirement after only 11 months in the highly sought after position.”
New York City is home to the largest police force in the world. New York is also home to one of the most comprehensive Counter-terrorism task force deployed not only in New York but all over the world. They have some of the best equipment and human resources behind them, yet they have found themselves with crime statistics slowly getting worse.
Joint Terrorist Task Force is a multi-law enforcement agency that includes NYPD detectives and FBI special agents who investigate terrorism in the New York City metropolitan area and around the world. Following the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD substantially increased the number of detectives assigned to the JTTF. This partnership with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies provides the NYPD with access to national level classified intelligence and the ability to analyze and share its own intelligence on the federal level.
How will the staffing shortages, morale, COVID-19, overtime cost, and defunding push affect every level of the NYPD? I think it is safe to say that most people would agree that disagreements and staffing shortages should not prevent a bomb from being found or a large scale terrorist attack from taking place on American soil. Yet, the shortages are happening, and coverage is needed to deal with the rising crime rate throughout the city, not just in the counterterrorism area.