Detectives On The Streets, Understaffed On The Beats

Rookies not showing up at Madison Square Garden, what’s new? Last month, only 561 NYPD recruits graduated at the MSG swearing-in ceremony, roughly half of the incoming classes’ targeted numbers, according to the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York. The PBA blames low pay, inferior benefits and “constant abuse” for the lack of new, blue blood.

“Hundreds of our most talented and experienced police officers—the ones who know their communities best—are quitting or retiring every month, and not enough recruits are signing up to replace them,” said the union’s president Pat Lynch in a statement. “The NYPD is trying to paper over this staffing crisis with forced overtime and assignment changes, but that is a vicious cycle. It drives even more cops to pursue other opportunities where they can make more money and have a better quality of life.”

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