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NYPD ‘headcount’ faces record lows not seen in decades — 200 cops leaving each month : data

The variety of NYPD cops on the job this yr and final is the bottom it’s been in greater than three decades – with about 200 cops leaving each month, in accordance with data obtained by The Post.

The present NYPD headcount is 33,695, simply 154 greater than final yr — and the bottom since 32,451 in 1990, stats from the department and metropolis Independent Budget Office present.

The drawback is getting worse as retirements this yr have surged 11%.

A photo of NYPD officers patrolling the subway platform at the Atlantic Avenue subway station.
“This is shaping up to be a long, hot summer in New York City with lots of overtime for the NYPD,” mentioned Joseph Giacalone,  a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Getty Images

A complete of 566 cops have hung up their holsters by April, in comparison with 508 over the primary 4 months of final yr, NYPD pension data exhibits.

A complete of 823 NYPD cops have left the division thus far this yr. Of these, 257 cops stop earlier than they reached the 20 years required to obtain their full pensions.

On Thursday alone, 27 cops resigned. “Most” are going to the higher-paying Nassau Police Department, police sources mentioned.

The NYPD’s largest police union warned one thing has acquired to provide.

“New York City police officers’ workload has exploded over the past several months, and the staffing is still nowhere close to keeping up,” mentioned Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry.

“From the daily protest details to additional patrols in the subway, our members are beyond exhausted already – and summertime crime spikes are just around the corner. Squeezing cops for even more overtime hours is not a solution. It will just send even more of them running for the exits.”

A photo of an NYPD SUV On West 135th Street and Lenox Avenue.
The present NYPD headcount is 33,695, simply 154 greater than final yr and in any other case the bottom since 32,451 in 1990 — the peak of the crack epidemic. Christopher Sadowski
A photo of NYPD cops in riot gear earlier this month during a Pro-Palestine  student protest.
A complete of 566 cops have retired in 2024 by April, in comparison with 508 over the primary 4 months of final yr, NYPD pension data exhibits. Syndi Pilar/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

The NYPD has responded to 2,400 protests since Oct 7, and deal with a median of 12 protests a day. Cops are sometimes held over previous the tip of their shift to cope with the demonstrations.

The union has proposed a versatile schedule — at present being examined in choose precincts — that might have cops work longer hours on fewer days.

One police officer, who requested to stay nameless for worry of retribution, informed The Post he retired in January after 20 years as a result of he had had sufficient of the lengthy hours, anti-cop rhetoric and bail reform legal guidelines that prevented him from doing a job he as soon as cherished.

A photo of graduating NYPD cops during a ceremony at Madison Square Garden
Two of the canceled NYPD academy lessons are again on, Mayor Eric Adams introduced final month. Corbis by way of Getty Images
A photo of cops entering the 75th Precinct station house in East New York, Brooklyn.
On Thursday alone, 27 cops resigned and “most” are going into the Nassau Police Department Academy, police sources mentioned. Paul Martinka

“When I first acquired on the job there was a sure stage of respect for the police officer. In regards to no-bail, these guys know they will punch a cop and be let loose the subsequent day. There’s no penalties. So, quite a lot of cops are like, ‘What the hell are we doing?’” said John, a 42-year-old assigned to the Bronx.

Retiring was “like somebody lifted an elephant and took it off [my shoulders],” he said.

As a married father of three, losing his regular days off and being re-routed to other commands to deal with protests and subway crime meant longer hours and took a toll on his family, he added.

A photo of NYPD cops at a 2023 police promotion ceremony at the department Police Academy
Retiring was “like somebody lifted an elephant and took it off [my shoulders],” said a now-retired cop, John, who was assigned to The Bronx. Gregory P. Mango

“If you go to any of the outer counties, particularly in Westchester or Long Island, those guys are making a tremendous amount of money for maybe half the work that our guys do.”

Two of the canceled NYPD academy classes are back on, Mayor Eric Adams announced last month, which will boost the dwindling ranks by 1,200.

But the PBA contends the new hires will “barely keep the headcount flat.”

NYPD stand watch on the 76th Palestinian anniversary of Nakba, on May 11 in Brooklyn.
The PBA has proposed a flexible schedule — currently being tested in select precincts — that would have cops work longer hours on fewer days. John Lamparski/NurPhoto/Shutterstock
NYPD officers armed with rifles stand guard as revelers take part in  the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet festival outside St. Patrick's Cathedral.
NYPD officers armed with rifles stand guard as revelers take part in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet festival outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. REUTERS

The Adams administration known as off 5 lessons to coach new recruits as a part of a number of rounds of price range cuts to offset the price of the migrant disaster, which has the town on the hook for almost $10 billion by subsequent yr.

Earlier this yr, although, higher-than-expected income has led the administration to roll again a sequence of cuts, together with one among this fiscal yr’s police lessons and greater than $500 million in instructional cuts subsequent yr.

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