Thousands of NYPD cops are quitting before they get their pensions

The NYPD is still bleeding cops.

Ever-growing churn figures show that 2,465 police officers have applied to leave the department this year — 42% more than the 1,731 who resigned at the same time last year, according to the latest pension fund statistics obtained by The Post.

Even more troubling is the fact that the number of police officers who are hanging up their halters early – before they reach 20 years for a full pension – has soared 71% this year from last year (1,098 out of 641).

Patrick Lynch, president of the NYPD Police Benevolent Association, said so-called “voluntary resignations” are driving the “rush” — rather than a large academy class graduating in 2022, as department head Kenneth Corey claimed last month.

“We’ve had retirement waves before, caused by big academy classes — it wasn’t anything like it,” Lynch said.

“This exodus is the result of cops in the prime of their careers deciding they’ve had enough. … The NYPD should stop explaining away this personnel crisis. Admit there is a problem and help us fix it,” he said.

Department Chief Kenneth E. Corey speaks at a news conference this morning about death by shooting on the Canal Street subway system.
Department chief Kenneth Corey had previously claimed that a large graduating class from the academy led to cops leaving the NYPD.
GN Mueller

In June, The Post reported that more than 1,500 civil servants had either resigned or retired.

Officers typically work 20 years or more to receive their full pension, which can be 50% of their average salary over the past three years.

Being New York’s Finest has lost its luster for many of the grassroots, who have endured anti-cop hostility, bail reform, rising crime and the city’s vaccination mandate — currently on hold.

Patrolman's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch addresses a news conference to be held at The Detectives Endowment Building on Thomas Street in downtown, New York City, USA on Monday, March 15, 2021. Hendrick's son Brandon, 17, was a promising high school basketball star and was shot with a handgun by an unknown assailant in the Bronx.
Patrick Lynch, president of the NYPD Police Benevolent Association, said “voluntary terminations” are driving the “rush.”
Stephen Jeremiah

Checking members take other public service tests and go to police departments in Long Island and other suburbs or out of state, or join the better-paid Port Authority PD.

“They go to other opportunities where they’ll be paid better, treated better, and have a better quality of life,” Lynch said.

Dave, who requested that his last name not be used, was a 30-year-old Queens police officer when he quit this summer to take a private-sector job after just seven years on the job. He said he was fed up with the “oppressive work environment.”

A general view of a NYPD arm patch in the Times Square section in New York, NY on August 7, 2021.
NYPD officers who serve 20 years or more receive a full pension.
Christopher Sadowski

“As soon as I walked, I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders,” he said. “And the sad part is that the job doesn’t have to be like this. I hear it all the time from friends who have gone to other police departments. They say, ‘You’re treating me like an adult here.’” Thousands of NYPD cops are quitting before they get their pensions


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