The New York Police Department (NYPD) is shrinking as officers retire amidst a spike in anti-police sentiment, despite the city seeing crime soar.
“We’re living through very challenging times,” NYPD Chief of Personnel Martin Morales said, according to the Daily News. “We have officers retiring from all ranks, including very tenured investigators and very tenured supervisors.”
Nearly 2,400 NYPD officers have filed for retirement in 2020 as of Oct. 6, according to Fox News. This number is a drastic increase over — nearly double — the retirements at the same time last year, when just under 1,300 officers retired. Between January and May, the NYPD averaged around 200 retirements a month. However, between June and September, retirements averaged approximately 400, per the same report.
Despite the retirements, the NYPD still has more than 34,000 officers, making it the largest agency in the country. (RELATED: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Blames COVID-19 For Crime Surge)
This comes as violence in the city has spiked in recent months, with shootings surging by more than 358% in mid-June compared to the same time last year, as has been previously reported. The city has now seen more shootings