The NYPD will lose may officers because of the cities mad mayor. An NYPD detective set to retire soon with 20 years under his belt tells The Post’s Police Bureau Chief Tina Moore why he is leaving the job he once loved — and why he fears the worst is yet to come for the Big Apple. I could have stayed a little longer. I haven’t been happy with the job for the last two or three years, but now it’s gotten to the point where it’s just absolutely ridiculous. I can only speak for the Bronx, because I’ve worked in the Bronx my whole career.
And what’s going on with the DA’s office, and the bail reforms…the absolute absence of backing the cops coming from, you know, from City Hall down. It’s really bad. It’s a lot more difficult for the cops who have a lot of time on when things were a lot different to see what it’s become. I think it’s a lot more difficult for them than it is for the younger cops, who are walking into this now, and are getting groomed from the academy, as to what the job is now.
Yes, New York is a protest kind of town. But it’s the manner in which the [George Floyd] protests took place, and how the brass was instructed to pretty much have hands-off on the protesters. That should never have been done. The cops were pretty much sitting ducks. They couldn’t defend themselves, because there was so many cameras on them and the public was just waiting for them to react. And the frontline bosses, like the sergeants and the lieutenants, were in a really bad position because they were there as leadership and they were the more visible leadership where the brass from One Police Plaza was not visible. And they were actually giving the orders.
I think the kneeling was the white flag. The kneeling eliminated what little hope the cops had. I think the kneeling sacrificed the cops. What little expectation of authority the cops felt they had they lost it right there. Leadership? A police commissioner is a figurehead. All orders are being set out by the mayor. All policy is being set out by the mayor, and the mayor has absolutely no idea what policing is especially in the forgotten neighborhoods like the South Bronx.