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NYPD sees spike in members filing for retirement amid protests and rise in crime

NYPD reassigning some officers amid protests

There was a round of applause Friday for NYPD Deputy Inspector Richard Brea as the Bronx precinct commander retired after nearly three decades on the force.

He's far from alone.

The NYPD says so far this month, 233 members have filed for retirement, nearly double compared to the same time last year, CBS New York reports. 

Sources told the station there's been a 19% increase in retirements of uniformed officers since March compared to the same period last year. 

"What we're experiencing here in the NYPD is no different than what other jurisdictions are experiencing," said retired NYPD Lt. Darrin Porcher, who teaches criminal justice at Pace University.

"The lack of support from political leaders is one component," he said. "The second component is the cantankerous relationship between police and community in connection with police and community relations. And third, you just have external issues, such as maybe family members that may feel a sense of repulsiveness to you being an officer."

In the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25, thousands of protesters have been marching daily in New York City for police reform, and now hundreds are camping out in front of City Hall demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio cut $1 billion from the NYPD's $6 billion budget. 

Earlier this month, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the undercover anti-crime unit, reassigning its 600 members.

There's also been a recent spike in crime citywide with a number of shootings that is comparable to the 1990s. 

When asked by CBS New York what the NYPD "top brass" and the New York City mayor should be doing right now, Porcher said "there needs to be a reevaluation of the deployment of personnel and instructing the personnel within the department.' 

"And we need something that will bolster the morale," he said. 

CBS New York asked an NYPD spokesman for their take on the uptick in retirements but they did not comment.   

The mayor has said he will cut the NYPD's funding when the city budget is due next week but says it will not be by $1 billion, like protesters and the City Council are proposing.  

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