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Over 2,500 cops have left NYPD this year

NYPD. (Bernhard Richter/Dreamstime/TNS)
November 29, 2023

In a striking development for New York City, the NYPD is experiencing a significant decline in its workforce, with alarming numbers of officers leaving the department.

This year alone, 2,516 officers have departed, marking a 43% increase compared to 2018, according to NYPD pension data obtained by The New York Post. The situation is compounded by the city’s decision to cancel the next five Police Academy classes, which could potentially reduce the NYPD to its smallest size in decades, according to The New York Post.

The New York Post reported that the decrease in police officers at the NYPD is a reflection of deeper issues within the department. Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry highlighted the unsustainable workload, stating, “The workload is a leading factor driving people away from the job. If the NYPD is going to survive these staffing reductions, it cannot just keep squeezing cops for more hours.”

Hendry warned that NYPD officers are currently facing “inhumane amounts of forced overtime,” which is impacting their personal well-being and job satisfaction. One anonymous officer at the NYPD with almost 20 years of service shared, “I think maybe 95% of us are planning on leaving.”

The sentiment seemingly is shared across the NYPD, with both seasoned and younger officers feeling the strain. A young Queens officer with four years of service even described the job as “unbearable now.”

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The NYPD’s staffing woes are part of a larger trend in major cities across the United States, where police forces are grappling with the aftereffects of social and political upheavals, notably the nationwide protests following George Floyd’s death in 2020, according to The New York Post.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, questioned Mayor Eric Adams’ recent announcement concerning increased staffing cuts.

“When you look at the number of resignations, you need to ask yourself why would the mayor even consider making cuts to hiring in the NYPD? As the numbers continue to dwindle, things will take a dramatic turn for the worse,” Giacalone warned.

With the department set to shrink to just 29,000 officers by the end of fiscal year 2025, the lowest since the mid-90s, and city-wide budget cuts caused by the migrant crisis, the NYPD’s ability to maintain public safety and officer morale is at a crucial juncture.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.