More than 100 NYPD detectives retired in June — and another 75 plan to file their papers next month — as many are frustrated by the revolving door justice system and the rules that hinder them in the Big Apple, officials and detectives told The Post.
“This is going to have a huge impact on how crimes are investigated,” said Detectives Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo. “As we speak, Detective Squads are down below investigating more cases. It will have public safety implications.”
So far this year, 250 detectives have retired, bringing the total to about 5,600, down nearly 2,000 from two decades ago.
During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there were 794 detective retirements – and that number dropped to 395 in 2021. According to sources, 100 retirements in just one month is a big number for the NYPD.
The Post also reported earlier this month that police officers in general are leaving the force in record numbers.
At his NYPD strike ceremony at the 105th Precinct Stationhouse on Tuesday, Queens Detective Jason Caputo, 51, said he had “enough.”
“Knowing me means knowing that I absolutely love the job, but it’s not the same job that I came to do,” said Caputo, who is leaving after 18 years with the NYPD and is therefore not getting his maximum pension. which begins after 20.
“The no-bail law was a big deal for me,” he said. “It’s not even crime-fighting anymore. They arrest someone for assault 2 with a gun and then the person is back at the station the next day to get their belongings. They don’t lock anyone up, not even those with records. Pay off your debts to society. You broke the law.”
Caputo said he’s also concerned about making arrests and encountering problems with city statutes, such as one that prohibits officers from applying pressure to a person’s diaphragm.
“Things you do on the street can affect your whole life,” he said. “In my heart, I will always be a cop.”
A Bronx detective aged 21 on the job said he would soon have his own walkout.
“I’ve submitted my papers and am due to leave next month,” said the detective, who asked to remain anonymous.
“The criminals will not be prosecuted and will not be held accountable,” said the detective, who has made 500 arrests in his career.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “I feel bad for the companies. They can even have private security and they just go in and attack them. They attack the police. It really sucks. But I don’t see any politician who really solves the problem.”
The city has seen a about 12% drop in homicides and shootings so far this year, but other major crimes — such as grand larceny, robberies and burglaries — have seen sharp increases, increasing pressure on investigators, NYPD data shows .
A 44-year-old Bronx detective who has been on the job since 2005 said she would file her pension papers today if she could.
“If I could use them, I definitely would,” she said. “I was born and raised in the Bronx and it’s just gotten so bad, so ugly. I’m taking time away from my family to work on these cases and they’re not going anywhere.”
She said she works with youth and it’s particularly frustrating when judges release criminals.
“I recently had a case involving a juvenile and ghost guns where the judge let him out and said he had a drug problem,” she recalled. “He ordered these ghost gun parts and shot on the parkway. If I could retire tomorrow, I would. It is exhausting.”
DiGiacomo, the president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said officers felt demoralized by a lack of support from politicians.
“It’s easy,” he said. “Detectives are retiring in historic numbers because they lack the support of politicians, who care more about criminals than they do about cops and the New Yorkers they protect.”
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