Anticipated Rocky Election Year as NYPD Staff Resignations Increase

In 2021, Lt. Richard Mack retired from the New York Police Department (NYPD) after being injured during the George Floyd riots three years prior. 14,908 NYPD officers have left their positions since 2018, with only 29,000 remaining on the force. Mr. Mack is concerned about the impact of forced overtime on officers, stating that it will affect their mental health and readiness.

Police union officials worry about scheduled budget cuts, including the postponing of the next five police academy classes. President Patrick Hendry expressed concern that these cuts will return staffing levels to those seen during the crime epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams attributes budget cuts to the federal government’s reluctance to provide financial assistance to address the surge in illegal immigrants. Retired Lt. Randy Sutton agrees that the situation at the border plays a role in the city’s financial degradation.

More than 200 emergency shelters have been made available to some 110,000 immigrants who arrived in New York City. The city estimates that it will cost New Yorkers $12 billion over a three-year period.

21 cops left their NYPD positions to work for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) between 2020 and 2021. Retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph L. Giacalone believes that better job opportunities and working conditions at the MTA are the reason behind this trend.

Former NYPD officer Calvin Thomas worked as a patrol officer for 20 years before retiring and becoming CEO of PostNet franchises in the Bronx, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. He cites a disability and dissatisfaction with the department’s treatment as reasons for leaving.

The number of officers who left their jobs without receiving pensions has more than doubled since five years ago. In 2023, 1,040 cops left their job without a pension, compared to 409 in 2018.

Leading up to the 2020 election, some demonstrations turned into riots, leading to an increase in the number of police officers choosing to retire. Mr. Mack predicts that protests will intensify next year due to the Israel–Hamas war, leading to a rise in crime and more violent protests.

Image: NYPD officers arresting a protester at a demonstration in New York City in 2023. (Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images)

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