The Truth Behind the NYPD’s Major Exodus

In a recent report from The New York Post, NYPD pension data from the past decade shows a striking trend of NYC police officers leaving the force at an alarming rate. 2,516 officers have already left this year, the fourth highest in the past decade, with a 43% jump from 2018’s numbers. This exodus is only increasing as 1,040 officers have quit before reaching 20 years of service, a staggering 104% increase from last year.

One officer, speaking anonymously to The Post, said that the workload and long hours have taken a toll on the remaining officers. He also mentioned that 95% of his class from 2004 are planning to leave the department. The officer, who has been with the NYPD for 17 years, will also follow in the footsteps of former Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell who stepped down in June due to such considerations.

The NYPD has also been struggling with low staffing numbers as the city plans to cancel the next five Police Academy classes, reducing the number of officers to the smallest it’s been in decades. With only 29,000 officers remaining, this is the lowest level seen since the mid-90s. According to Mayor Adams, budget cuts are to blame for the reduction in academy classes, as the city faces a multi-billion-dollar deficit caused by the migrant crisis.

The effects of the shrinking police force are already being seen, as officers are forced to work “inhumane amounts of forced overtime,” according to Patrick Hendry, the President of the Police Benevolent Association. The union has proposed a flexible schedule that would allow officers to work longer hours on fewer days. However, with 13-14-hour workdays already being endured, it’s unclear how much longer the remaining officers can maintain this level of workload.

Former Miami SWAT officer Spero Georgedakis, who now helps recruit and relocate officers to other police departments in Florida, says he’s seen an increase in officers looking to leave the NYPD. He attributes this to the current anti-cop climate, bail reform, and rising crime rates, all of which have made the job unbearable for many officers.

With a drastic decrease in officers, assaults against NYPD cops have risen by over 25% this year. Retired NYPD sergeant and John Jay College of Criminal Justice adjunct professor Joseph Giacalone says “things will take a dramatic turn for the worse” as the number of resignations continues to climb. It remains to be seen how the city will address these concerns and if more officers will continue to leave the NYPD.

New York Post