In New York City, the NYPD faces a significant challenge as a growing number of officers are leaving the force, a trend could worsen with the city’s decision to cancel the next five Police Academy classes. This move could shrink the size of the nation’s largest police force to its smallest in decades. So far in 2023, a total of 2,516 NYPD officers have left their posts, marking a 43% increase from 2018. This exodus is happening at a time when New York is facing a spike in crime and other challenges.

Alarmingly, the number of officers quitting before reaching the 20-year mark, which is necessary to receive full pension benefits, has more than doubled from 509 in 2020 to 1,040 in 2023, as reported by the NY Post.

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On top of more police officers resigning, the department is facing budget cuts and a hiring freeze. Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry stated, “This is going to turn the NYPD staffing crisis into a public safety disaster. Our police officers are being worked to exhaustion, and 911 response times are already rising. What is going to happen when no reinforcements arrive for months on end? Cutting cops puts New Yorkers at risk, period.”

The anticipated impact of these departures is severe, with officers reporting crushing workloads. The cancellation of the next five Police Academy classes, announced by Mayor Adams as part of budget cuts, will reduce the department’s numbers to about 29,000 by the end of fiscal year 2025, the lowest since the mid-90s. This comes as New York City faces financial constraints, partly due to the city’s multi-billion-dollar migrant crisis.

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This exodus of officers began after the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020, which sparked nationwide protests and calls to defund the police. The combination of anti-police sentiment, bail reform, and rising crime has contributed to the frustration within the NYPD. Assaults against NYPD officers have increased by more than 25% this year, further compounding the issues facing the department.

Stand by as more good law enforcement professionals decide to leave the profession and are replaced by less qualified applicants as hiring standards plummet.

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