by Lawrence Richard | April 24, 2021 06:30 PM
Officers are deciding to leave the New York Police Department in record numbers as anti-police sentiment soars across the country as a result of high-profile accusations of police brutality.
In 2020, more than 5,300 New York police officers retired or quit their positions, a 75% increase from the previous year, amid a global pandemic, an increase in violent crimes, and growing anti-cop sentiments, according to the New York Post.
“Cops are forming a conga line down at the pension section, and I don’t blame them,” said Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
“NYPD cops are looking for better jobs with other departments or even embarking on new careers,” he added.
The sizable departure included 2,600 officers who quit their jobs and 2,746 who retired, totaling 5,346 (or 15%) of uniformed law enforcement officers across the state.