Almost 300 NYPD Officers File for Retirement as New York Violence Soars
New figures show surge in officer leaving the force
Over the last month, nearly 300 New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers filed for retirement as violent riots and soaring crime rates ravage the city.
Around 272 NYPD officers filed for retirement since protests broke out following the death of George Floyd, according to figures released to the New York Post.
At the same time, in 2019, 183 officers filed for retirement, showing a 50 percent jump in officers retiring from the force.
One officer who said he would have waited to retire until he had been with force 30 years said:
“It’s an all-out war on cops, and we have no support," he told the New York Post.
NYPD has also seen 300 of its officers injured due to the riots.
Earlier this month, New York City's Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a massive $6 billion budget cut to the NYPD.
The Mayor said the money would be diverted to social services.
De Blasio declared he was taking money from the police and investing it into youth programs and social services for minority communities.
"We need to do a lot more for our young people," de Blasio said during a press conference.
As Politico reported, De Blasio's proposal of $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD comes amid a national outcry over police brutality.
A City Hall official said the NYPD’s capital budget would sustain further cuts.
“The mayor got there because he worked out a plan that keeps New Yorkers safe," the official said.
"That was most important to him. Once he had a path to maintain patrol strength, funding youth programming, and taking a fair look at the funding was a given."
The leftist 'defund the police' campaign pushed by the Democrats has seen a growing resentment of the police in the city.
One example of this was an incident when party-goers hurled bottles and insults at New York cops street party following reports of gunfire.
Violent crime in the city is also partly fuelled by the state’s bail reform policy, which eliminates bail for most nonviolent crimes and many violent crimes.
Cuomo’s bail reform law virtually eliminates bail for the following:
Aggravated vehicular assault
Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
Criminally negligent homicide
Aggravated vehicular homicide, and around 100 other crimes
Over the last month, murder spiked almost 50 percent in New York City compared to 2019.
Meanwhile, burglaries surged 122 percent, while grand larceny auto soared over 56 percent.