NYPD sees record levels of police attrition amid raging anti-cop sentiment

In the wake of last year’s unrest across America’s cities and continued attacks on the integrity of law enforcement amid a series of police-involved fatalities, officers everywhere are facing unprecedented levels of pressure.

With anti-cop sentiment reaching fever pitch in some sectors, it should come as no surprise that New York City alone has seen a 75% increase in the number of police officers either retiring or voluntarily quitting their jobs in 2020, according to the New York Post, in a disastrous phenomenon being repeated in municipalities nationwide.

Over 5,300 uniformed NYPD officers – or 15% of the entire force – sought to retire or resign last year, a development attributed to the anti-police brutality riots that shook the country last summer after the death of George Floyd and subsequent calls from the left to defund or dismantle departments, according to the Post.

Retired NYPD officer and criminal justice professor Joseph Giacalone described the situation bluntly, telling the outlet, “Cops are forming a conga line down at the pension section and I don’t blame them. NYPD cops are looking for better jobs with other departments or even embarking on new careers.” The anti-police atmosphere permeating local government in the Big Apple is a major contributing factor, according to Giacalone, and the City Council’s March decision to eliminate qualified immunity protections for officers has turned “the job [into]…a minefield.”

Pat Lynch of the city’s Police Benevolent Association explained his belief that local government in New York is attempting to abolish policing, but is doing so in a somewhat indirect manner, stating, “They’ve kept our pay absurdly low. They’ve ratcheted up our exposure to lawsuits. They’ve demonized us at every opportunity. And they’ve taken away the tools we need to do the job we all signed up for.”

Lynch went to to argue that despite the “slick recruiting ads” purportedly meant to attract new blood to the force, City Hall is in fact attempting to achieve “police abolition-through-attrition,” suggesting that “they won’t stop until the job has become completely unbearable, and they’re getting closer to that goal with every passing day.”

New York City is not alone in the escalating exodus of experienced police officers, as communities all across the country are beginning to panic about thinning ranks. As WTOP in Washington, D.C. reports, Fairfax County, Virginia Coalition of Police President Sean Corcoran says that officers in that locality are “in a tailspin, pure and simple,” blaming a notable increase in violence on the fact that the department is already down 188 officers, 25 are likely to leave by July 1, and “dozens of recruits have been leaving each academy session.”

Philadelphia is yet another large American city grappling with a serious officer shortage, with local police union spokesperson Mike Neilon telling the Philadelphia Inquirer last week, “It’s the perfect storm. We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members.” As Pat Colligan, president of New Jersey’s largest police union explained the situation to the outlet, saying:

Every action has a reaction. When you vilify every police officer for every bad police officer’s decision, [people] don’t want to take this job anymore. It’s been a very trying and difficult time to put on the badge every day.

Radical leftists who have demanded defunding or “reimagining” police departments may soon find themselves forced to reverse course – as was the case in Minneapolis last year – once the vulnerable communities they claim to represent stand up and demand more law enforcement resources, not fewer, and the old adage about being careful what you wish for assumes an especially poignant relevance.

 
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63 Responses

  1. Who would want a career as a police officer today. From day one you will be criticized, mocked, abused and that is just on a good day. The bad days are so much worse, having to make snap decisions in 2 seconds and then to be judged for it. But mostly to be on thin ice each day wondering if some person high on drugs is either going to kill you, kill someone else but if you kill him/her first due to a threat of death – then you are again going to be judged.

  2. All of the Police need to leave and let Hell destroy itself. NYC has not had real leadership in years. All of these Democrat Bastions are loaded with crep,fraud and laziness. Hope most people that do not look to change but are looking for change move to a Red State. I hope the state you moved to will do background and prepare so they will not allow to to change it to where you came from. You will be welcome to a better life if you do not try to destroy it I guarente it.

  3. And we will see more of this all across the country since Biden has formed an “OVERSIGHT BOARD” to Investigate Police actions.. we should call it THE MONDAY MORNING COVER A COP BOARD”

  4. NYPD Blue Flu has come & everyone suffers.
    Death Wish time for sure now
    Lock & load
    Your on own NYC
    Bye bye tourism

  5. First, most people do not believe the “defund the police” lies and want them around. However, in places like NYC where they elected deBlamio, and the state where they elected don Cuomo, I say let them rot since they won’t grow up and rid themselves of the trash and get some real governance.

  6. As the situation worsens, the UN will be called on to send peace-keeping troops (Russian?). Remember “Amerika”?

  7. Many in the military will not take up arms against it’s own citizens. They have been sworn to uphold the United States constitution, not the constitution of Joe Blow. That constitution usually occurs in the Joe’s basement loo. You are so right Rooster, it will get ugly.

  8. HAS ANY ONE EVER HEARD OF A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP….YOU HAVE NOT???…WELL BETTER GET READY, BECAUSE HERE IT COMES…SOME THIS FOOLISH ADMIN. HAS BEEN WAITING FOR TO MAKE AMERICA INTO A THIRD WORLD MILITARY DICTATORSHIP. THE MILITARY IS GREAT, BUT NOW THEY WILL BE TAKING ORDERS UNDER THPREZ AND V.P. AND I REALLY DOUBT THEY WILL LIKE IT, BECAUSE THE AMERICAN MILITARY IS ONE OF THE MOST HONEST BUNCH OF UNSELFISH PEEPS WE HAVE TO SERVE US AGAINST INTERNAL POLITICAL ENEMIES!!! GET IT??? …OR AM I TOO DEEP FOR ALL OF YOU???? PREDICTED THIS WAS COMING YEARS AGO!!!! YOU MAY SEE AN INSURECTION BREWING BY THE GREAT U.S.A. MILITARY WHO DO NOT WANT TO TAKE ORDERS TO ANNIHILATE THEIR OWN CITIZENS OF THE HONEST CAUGHT IN BETWEEN THE POLITICAL SET UP MESS BY THOSE IN POWER!!! KEEP YOUR EARS AND EYES AND NOSE A SNIFFIN AROUND. GOING TO GET MIGHTY INTERESTING TO SAY THE VERY LEAST!!! KILLING OUR OWN CITIZENS IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO…GOD FORBID .. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND MONITOR THIS ONE !! THE OLD ROOSTER

  9. It’s so bad for the Policemen and Women I forget the name of the town or city, but I believe it was Seattle Washington. President Trump want to send in the National Guard last year when the BLM and Antifa were burning buildings and a Police Station. When they got there, the Governor told them to get out o0f her City. They told her Predident Trump sent them. She said ke didn’t have any right to send them, for them and the Police get out. So they did. The next night or two the went to her home and set up tents on her lawn. She had already been saying that the Police should be defunded. But hey when it came to her home, she called the police right away, when they wouldn’t leave. They came and escorted them away from her house and property. I don’t know why they did, I sure wouldn’t have. I guess maybe they thought it would show her that they WERE neede and would change her mind about defunding them. Well , I don’t believe it did. The last I heard they were still rioting and the Police were still fighting them. Portland Oregon was just as bad or worse. This is my home state but I sur don’t respect or care at all for our Governor. I will vote her out if I get the chance. She is another one for defunding the Police.

  10. You can actually blame all of this on the communist Dems! Every Dem in the U.S.A. have created America’s destruction. BLM and ANTIFA get away with murder and treason being supported by every Dem and the Elites, including Soros and many other elites including the majority of Hollywood!

  11. Policemen and women, please know that the VAST MAJORITY OF US love you and are grateful to you ! I live in Cali, and if someone is trying to break into my house, I will call the POLICE, not some stupid anti-cop jerk! Please don’t leave us to fend for ourselves against criminals.

  12. It will not be very long from now you will see the country split up by gang and you will be living by gang rule. No one will trust anyone and you will see more guns and deaths. For all of you that want to ban guns try negotiating with these gangsters like M13. You will meet your body bag. Very few of you have training for violence nor can shoot a gun to protect you family.
    Good luck

  13. That good i hate cops and government white eyes my opinion we dont need cops it all about that dam badge they think they can do any thing get away with murder get it of the government bs

  14. And we will ALL end up paying for these idiots that are bashing law enforcement.More Police,not fewer.We need more weapons in the hands of responsible citizens and then concealed carry in all states.The democrats will fight this because thinking about the above situations,they feel that we won’t think about how they are ruining AMERICA,I would bet that their ploys won’t work.

  15. Now no one is able to call a criminal anymore next. Maybe change jails to gyms and basketball courts. Oh yeah that is there already… Prison leagues for NFL,NBA and all that for the criminals.. bless there hearts.. i would not be a cop for any amount of money. Next send a black cop to black addresses or a white guy with him no racist if both there

  16. I don’t blame police officer that retires or quits how can you do your job. I know I wouldn’t be a cop in these Democrats States. I know the Democrats Love Violence and killings in there State’s

  17. I guess my posts aren’t getting published. Who would want to be a police officer in New York. That state is corrupt from the Governor on down

  18. No matter what the circumstances are they always fault the police. The families cry and hire attorneys. But they constantly show these people resisting in different ways. So if they drive away do they let them go, if they shoot at police should they let it go, if they run should they let them flee. What’s the answer let them break the law even if they refuse to cooperate.

  19. Someone has to do the job and I glorify those who can. In today’s world it’s a lot to ask anyone to put their life on the line day in and day out to do that job especially now when a misinterpreted move can put you in prison for life for doing your job. I can’t blame any badge carrying law enforcement officer for laying his gun and badge on their superior’s desk and showing them their license plate as they walk out the door.

  20. I vote for getting the law abiding, police,, and children out of NYC, build a wall around the city, ship all BLM and Pantifa, along with all politicians and ‘useful idiots’ that support them there, and see how long it takes them to kill each other off.

    1. Remember that movie a few years back? on this exact theme except the politiciansd stayed out side and sent Kurt Russel instead.

  21. Its so hypocritical. Maxine Waters making her statement and then she ask for a police escort. What a bunch of crap. The Whitehouse is another example. They dont want people to protest the Whitehouse because this country is fed up with the double standard the democrats practice. Then they call that a riot. NO that wasnt a riot. A riot is what Maxine Waters called for not once but at least twice while being an agent in the Whitehouse. Thats whats happening all over our Nation. Its despicable and honestly appalling to this country. Ive never seen such racism and and corruption in an office that gave an Oath to Protect our Country and Our Constitution. As far as I am concerned they need to Impeach Biden and this whole Administration for Treason. If it was me and I were giving the orders. I would give the Law Enforcement and Natl. Guard orders to shoot to kill if these rioters refuse to disburse. Arrest the ones they can and charge them with domestic terrorism, convict them and make sure they are sentenced for a long time. So when they get out they may appreciate what freedom means.

  22. I dont blame them one bit. they try to do a real hard job, and are rewarded by idiots like joy bear, and the black woman from the black caucus. these fools said just shoot in the air! shoot the knife out of the teens hands! then the corker comes from the black caucus woman, Ohio teachers break up knife fights on a daily basis? what?????? the police unions had to respond, saying behar needs a physics lesson. what goes up, must come down, moron. and how in hell can you shoot a knife being swung at someone without hitting them with the bullets???? either way, victim is dead. these two imbeciles need to take a mandatory police course, then ride for a month, all shifts, all calls and go out with the cop when they get there to apprehend the felons. maybe then it will dawn on these clowns just what is involved in police work. you have split seconds to decide what action to take, and these arm chair quarterbacks try to tell these cops where they went wrong. and no wonder kids dont know anything, they are too busy having knife fights when they are supposed to be learning!!!! they are damned if they do and damned if they dont. I wouldn’t risk going to prison for criminals. let these bright people police themselves. better yet, let Cuomo take time out from molesting women and put him in a uniform!!!!!

  23. Who in their right mind would want to become a police officer in the current environment . If these politicians want to defund the police, let’s start with Capital Hill. From there, the police can be defunded in the congressional districts of all those congressmen/women who have been calling for this defunding. See how their constituents like this.

    1. Good idea and see how they like it. Of course they would just hire private protectors because they have more money then they know what to do with and it is our money they have. They are supposed to be serving us but instead they are robbing us just as much as a bank robber. How many of us make the salaries they do for doing nothing good or helpful?

  24. Not surprised that this is happening, what did the politicians expect now these cities will pay the price

    1. I guess we should all get guns because without law and order and respect for the police, we’ll all have to take care of ourselves.
      I think the politicians should loose their protection just like the citizens of our country. If the democrats turn out to be dictators, the guns are to be used to rid this country of a dictator.

      1. I couldn’t agree more. The very first thing that needs to happen is no security for politicians. And yes America is going to turn into the wild wild west.

      2. I agree Lori, but you need to learn the difference between “lose” and “loose” . “Loose” means untied, unfettered, as “baggy” clothing, untied shoelaces. “Lose”pronounced “looze”, means that you no longer have it in your possession.
        The awkward spelling of those words causes abundant confusion, so you are not alone.

        1. I think everybody knows what she is saying. She doesn’t need a English lesson. I don’t think anyone was confused, but maybe you were.

      3. Well Lori, that is what the 2nd. amendment is all about!! Don’t depend on chicom Joe to protect you or your family!!

      4. Well done. Look at Maxine insane waters, she goes to a city to demand the people rioting to be more confrontational, then leaves with security escorts that she demanded the city provide. Personally, I think the city was wrong in providing the security. She is the one that wants the police defunded after all. It’s their double standards again, they don’t want the citizens to have security, but they want it for themselves.

        I don’t blame the police leaving their jobs. They have never been paid that well, and now they can’t even protect themselves, or they are called racist. democrats in the administration, house and senate need to be removed, they are destroying this country.

      5. S Don’t let common sense get in the way of your stupid liberal beliefs… You d look good with an ammo belt fashion statement

    2. not only the cities, but the people that voted these ganeffs in as well AS THOSE THAT DIDN’T. If you voted for deblasio or worse, didn’t vote at all, then you are at fault for the death of New York — I hope you’re satisfied — if not’ tough s___

    3. The citizens of NYC deserve all the grief they get. They are nothing but a bunch of “WOKE” Libtards who keep voting in idiots like Big Bird their mayor and the rest of the liberal crowd. Please stay in NYC and don’t move where we have law and order, we don’t need or want you anywhere near us.

    4. GOOD…. That means the RED STATES will be fully ARMED with OUR POLICE and OUR GUNS to keep the trash OUT ! NYC is going to get exactly what they deserve… THE very RICH have already left and relocated. NYC will turn into another TRASH CAN run by corrupt DEMONRAT politicians. It will look like a thrid world country soon… just watch what happens when you LET filthy DEMONRATS run your states. NO MORE WELFARE LEFT… NO MORE FREE STUFF LEFT… NO MORE RICH to SUBSIDIZE your LAZY rear ends. You deserve nothing.

    5. My solution to this whole problem (good or bad) should hire all blacks and let them see how many black officers need to face another black person standing there with a gun in their hands. What would be said if that “officer” might have a different opinion about what white officers have faced in the past? Keep the caucasian officers on desk duty. They might not like it at the first sitting at a desk all day. Wonder what would be said then? Do you really think they would prosecute them? Absolutely not, but them arresting the caucasian’s wouldn’t be up for a trial anymore. Let’s see how long that lasts for the blacks.

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