The New York Police Department is reporting an influx in retirements amid spikes in criminal activity and tensions with Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Over the last week, 179 NYPD officers filed for retirement — an increase of more than 400% compared to 35 retirees in 2019, the department told The Hill Thursday.
The retirements follow aggressive riots that ravished the city, de Blasio's decision to cut the police budget by $1 billion, and the reassignment of 600 plainclothes officers. Shootings in the city escalated by 358% in mid-June.
Since Memorial Day — the day George Floyd was killed while in Minneapolis police custody — 503 NYPD officers have filed for retirement, a 75% increase compared to the 287 who filed for retirement during the same period last year.
Chris Monahan, president of the Captains Endowment Association, said he is not surprised by the number of retirements.
"Of course, cops are retiring at a higher rate," said Monahan. "We've been abandoned by the NYPD and elected officials."