New York City has seen crime rise under the administration of Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police have had it.
It may get better for them as a new mayor, Eric Adams, takes the reigns in January. While also a Democrat, Adams was a police captain and is far tougher on crime and more pro-law enforcement than the current progressive mayor.
But the time with de Blasio as mayor has taken its toll on the police force of The City That Never Sleeps as a leaked memo shows more than half of the force of the New York Police Department wishes they never joined, as woke politics has infested law enforcement, The New York Post reported.
More than half of NYPD cops wish they never joined the force in the first place, according to a damning internal department survey of 6,000 uniformed officers obtained by The Post.
The survey is a sobering snapshot of how the Finest feel in an era of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter riots, the Defund the Police movement, bail-reform laws that keep violent offenders out of jail, and legislative measures that put the burden of liability on officers while emboldening criminals.
“My retirement date is next month,” a 20-year veteran of the force, only known as Dan, who took the survey said. “I can’t wait to run out of here.”
“The city is absolutely not safe at all. Bail reform. Criminals being released. Everyone knows what’s going on,” the officer said.
The sad part is that 79 percent of those who took the poll believe things are going to get worse, which is why Dan said he steered his own son away from joining the force.
“There is no other profession that is scrutinized as much as we are,” an NYPD sergeant, who has served for 16 years said. “The far-left leaning politics are absolutely destroying the city of New York.”
A staggering 80 percent of the officers, detectives, sergeants, lieutenants and captains surveyed now fear aggressively fighting crime because of the threat of criminal liability, being sued, or being unfairly disciplined.
In March, the City Council passed a series of reforms for the NYPD, including putting an end to qualified immunity for cops, which protected them against civil lawsuits.
Seventy-three percent of cops say the public does not have a good relationship with he NYPD.
One expert, adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant, Joseph Giacalone, said that the damage to the morale of the force is going to be an issue for the new mayor.
“This doesn’t look good for [Mayor-elect] Adams. Not only is he inheriting a lot of bad legislature from the City Council and Albany, it sounds like he’s getting an apathetic police department,” he said.
“I don’t blame the cops. DAs that don’t prosecute, feckless politicians, removal of [enforcement of] quality-of-life crimes. What can they do? Dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t,” the professor said.
“The ‘Don’t’ part sounds like a lot less trouble to get in,” he said.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch was not surprised by the results and does not think anyone else should be.
“New York City police officers are well past our breaking point, and Mayor de Blasio and the outgoing City Council are still piling on with policies that punish cops and erode public safety,” he said to The Post. “The intolerable environment and our substandard pay has every cop looking to get out as soon as they can. Our new leaders have a real mess to clean up. They need to start by supporting the beleaguered cops on the street.”