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Thousands of NYPD cops quit before receiving their pensions

The NYPD is still hemorrhaging cops.

The ever-growing exodus figures show that 2,465 police officers have asked to leave the department this year, 42% more than the 1,731 who left in the same period last year, according to the latest statistics from the funds. pension obtained by The Post.

More troubling is the fact that the number of cops hanging up their holsters early — before reaching age 20 for full board — has skyrocketed 71% this year from a year earlier (1,098 from 641).

NYPD Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said so-called ‘voluntary resignations’ were behind the ‘rout’ – not a large academy class graduating in 2022, as the said department head Kenneth Corey last month.

“We’ve had waves of retirements caused by large academy classes before — they were nothing like that,” Lynch said.

“This exodus is the result of cops in their prime deciding they’ve had enough. … The NYPD should stop trying to explain this personnel crisis. Admit there’s a problem and help us to solve it,” he said.

Department head Kenneth Corey previously claimed that a large academy graduating class drove cops out of the NYPD.
GN Miller

In June, The Post reported that more than 1,500 officers had resigned or retired.

Officers generally work 20 years or more to collect their full pension, which can be equivalent to 50% of their average salary for the last three years.

Being the best in New York has lost its luster for many rank-and-file members, who have endured anti-cop hostility, bail reform, rising crime and the city’s vaccination mandate — currently on break.

Thousands of NYPD cops quit before receiving their pensions
NYPD Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said “voluntary resignations” were behind the “rush”.
Stefan Jeremiah

Checked members take further civil service tests and head to Long Island and other suburban or out-of-state police departments, or join the better-paid Port Authority PD.

“They’re leaving for other opportunities where they’re better paid, better treated, and have a better quality of life,” Lynch said.

Dave, who asked that his last name not be used, was a 30-year-old Queens cop when he quit this summer to take up a private sector job after just seven years on the job. He said he was tired of the “oppressive work environment”.

Thousands of NYPD cops quit before receiving their pensions
NYPD officers who work 20 years or more receive a full pension.
Christopher Sadowski

“As soon as I left, I felt a huge weight on my shoulders,” he said. “And the sad thing is that work doesn’t have to be like that. I hear it all the time from friends who have been to other police departments. They say, ‘They treat me like an adult here.’ »

New York Post

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