New and shocking information shows in the first two months of 2023, a record number of New York Police Department officers quit their jobs.
According to a recent report, the number of officer resignations increased by 117% in January and February, surpassing 230 resignations.
Record Number of New York Police Officers Quit in 2023
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Compared to the same period in 2022 and 2021, the new figures are significantly higher.
The highest reported number of officers turning in their badges since the 9/11 attacks more than 20 years ago was 3,700 in 2022. Mayor Eric Adams, a troubled Democrat, has referred to the ongoing wave of officer resignations as a “law enforcement crisis.”
The law enforcement crisis in New York has been openly discussed by Adams, who stated he and his team are working to find solutions.
Public safety and safe streets are necessary for our prosperity, Adams said on Sunday. According to a recent New York Post report, 239 officers left their positions prior to March 1. This represents a significant increase over the previous two years.
Not good for NY.— Drew Serrano (@DrewECTS) March 14, 2023
At the current rate, it is projected that 1,400 officers will resign this year before qualifying for retirement. Some officers leave because of anti-cop politics, a revolving-door criminal justice system, and low wages. https://t.co/KtpEtruJsg
Only 176 officers quit in January and February of 2022. In 2021, 110 people left the police force. The city hasn’t seen statistics this high since 250 police officers quit amid bitter contract disputes in 2007, according to the latest figures.
The statistic that the highest number of officers to leave the force in a single year since the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 — nearly 4,000 — will turn in their badges in 2023 is even more shocking.
Low Pay and Negative Perceptions of Policing Blamed for Shortages
Some have suggested that the Democrat-run city’s views on policing, long hours, and low pay are to blame for the staffing shortages. An NYPD officer’s annual starting salary is $42,500.
According to retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone, ‘the legislation written by New York City and the Albany Council have made law enforcement in New York City particularly difficult.
It is for that reason Giacalone believes many police officers are simply throwing up their hands and declaring that they can no longer perform their duties.
A disturbing exodus from the ranks of the NYPD… and it’s not just politics forcing many officers to resign or retire - it’s low morale too. What’s the solution? Retired NYPD Sergeant @JoeGiacalone joins Dan to give his point of view. pic.twitter.com/RciPYLJnPa— Dan Abrams Live (@danabramslive) March 15, 2023
One New Yorker who spoke with the neighborhood news source believes the issue may be related to how police are perceived in the city.
“Many people don’t respect them,” according to one New Yorker. “I believe firefighters and police officers need to be highly valued and respected because, without them, I’m not sure where the city would be,” the speaker continued.
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The Post claims there are currently staffing shortages in almost all of the city’s precincts. Residents’ response times have also suffered significantly. Adams claims to be well aware of the problem and is attempting to address it.
Adams said, “I think where we failed was that we weren’t going out and recruiting at the capacity we should have been and we’re shifting that.”