NYPD cops move to smaller Connecticut force with higher pay: ‘Morals are terrible’

NYPD loss is Danbury, Connecticut gain.

Six of the nine cops just hired by the Connecticut City Police Department are former NYPD officers — the latest evidence of Finest’s flood from New York City to greener pastures, according to the local News Times.

Danbury is a sleepy town 50 miles north of the Big Apple – with a fraction of the crime rate and better paid officers.

New Connecticut cops will make between $63,900 and $74,400 a year, according to a job listing for the city on PoliceApp.com. The NYPD’s starting salary is $42,500, rising to $85,292 after five and a half years.

Meanwhile, the median monthly cost for a one-bedroom apartment in New York City is $3,925. In Danbury, the average cost for a one-bedroom unit is $1,863, according to website Zumper.com.

Danbury has a population of about 85,000 people and saw one homicide and 97 total violent crimes in 2019, according to the latest FBI crime data available.

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Danbury’s new cops will make between $63,900 and $74,400 a year.
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New York City, home to 8.5 million people, recorded 335 homicides and 49,124 violent crimes in the same year, the data shows.

A Brooklyn police officer told the Post Sunday that NYPD cops go almost anywhere they think a better life can be found.

“It’s sad how people go to the police departments in small towns to make more money,” the officer said. “It’s embarrassing.”

Another NYPD official with more than 20 years on the job said he doesn’t see the trend stopping anytime soon.

Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito sworn in nine new officers on December 7, 2022.
Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito sworn in nine new officers on December 7, 2022.

“There will be a lot more [leaving] because they’ve been out of contract for seven years,” the official said of New York officials, noting that current NYPD morale “is terrible.

“Instead of [higher-ups] If they’re trying to help the police, they’re worried about stickers on your phone,” the officer said, referring to the NYPD’s recent move to mandate officers to put stickers on their work phones so the public can see if while they are actually doing their work on duty or looking at their personal devices.

“You lock someone up and the next day they’re out,” the source added, lamenting lax bail reform laws in New York State.

What’s the purpose of being a cop out here?”

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