Dean Balsamini, New York Post, August 6, 2022
The NYPD is still hemorrhaging cops.
Ever-growing exodus figures show 2,465 police officers have filed to leave the department this year — 42% more than the 1,731 who exited at the same time last year, according to the latest pension fund stats obtained by The Post.
More disturbing is the fact that the number of cops hanging up their holsters early — before reaching 20 years for a full pension — has skyrocketed 71% this year from the year before (1,098 from 641).
NYPD Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said the so-called “voluntary quits” are driving the “stampede” — and not a big academy class that graduated in 2022, as claimed last month by Chief of Department Kenneth Corey.
“We have had retirement waves caused by large academy classes before — they were nothing like this,” said Lynch.
Being New York’s Finest has lost its luster for many of the rank and file, who have endured anti-cop hostility, bail reform, rising crime and the city’s vaccination mandate — currently on pause.