New York City police officers are retiring at such an alarming rate the personnel office had to slow the amount of paperwork they receive on any given day.
The New York City Police Department is reportedly having to limit the number of retirement applications that it processes on a daily basis due to the overwhelming number of officers who are retiring due to loss of overtime pay and a lack of respect in the current political environment that demonizes police officers.
Now why would that be? This is an enriching, fulfilling, honorable profession which earns respect from both the law-abiding community and the seedy underworld.
“A surge of city cops filing papers during the past week more than quadrupled last year’s number — as the city grapples with a surge of shootings — and the stampede caused a bottleneck that’s forcing others to delay putting in their papers.” “The astonishing rush for the door came as 503 cops filed for retirement between May 25 — the day George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, sparking anti-cop protests around the country — and July 3, the NYPD said.”
Even for a department with 19,000 officers, 503 retirements in nine days is a startling statistic. It should also be noted the retirements likely didn’t stop on June 3rd. If anything, the situation has gotten worse in the last month, and I’m certain the number of officers putting in papers is now well over 1,000.
“Apparently, the pension section is only taking a certain amount of people per day and I think they are backed up till late July, early August,” one police officer told the Post. “That’s why you don’t see like 100 a day, because they are only doing like 35 to 40 a day, by appointment.” (H/T – J.J. Sefton, AOSHQ)
My department is in the same boat. If you call the personnel department to schedule early retirement, you’ll get a date in three to four months. Most officers in blue cities are getting out because the mayors, district attorneys, police commissioners, and many citizens no longer have our backs.
If you think blue cities are violent now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.