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Majority of NYPD cops would not join today

Majority of NYPD agents said they regretted wearing their badges and feared fighting crime due to fear they would face serious prosecution or disciplinary action for doing their jobs , revealed a poll.

An internal poll conducted among New York cops, from captains to street officers, was intended to help “to improve” the city department and police, but it produced rather unexpected results.

The survey, which was conducted in March of around 6,000 NYPD agents, found that 56% of them said they would not choose to follow the same career path if they could do things over again. according to data first reported by the New York Post on Saturday.

Much of this discontent can be attributed to an increasingly volatile relationship with the public, particularly in the wake of several high-profile police shootings that have attracted the attention of activists across the country. In the NYPD survey, 73% of respondents said “exceptional” officers are not getting the recognition they deserve.

Majority of NYPD cops would not join today

Some 46% of agents believe the public ” lack of respect “ them, while 44% think that the public does not trust them. Some 80% of officers revealed they fear tackling crime in today’s climate “Because of the threat of criminal liability, of being prosecuted or of being unfairly disciplined.” “ About the same number of people polled also believe New York City won’t be safer in two years.

In a letter sent with the investigation to officers in March, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea pointed out the “Unprecedented challenges” officers confronted in 2020 – which saw Black Lives Matter protests across the country and the Covid-19 pandemic – and warned the department would have “more obstacles to overcome.”

Commenting on the poll, the president of New York’s largest police union, Police Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch said “Every cop tries to get out as soon as he can” quoting “The intolerable environment” and “Lower than standard pay” as the main reasons for the potential exodus.

A vaccine mandate for the officers was also pushed back, as the union filed a complaint to stop the implementation of the policy which went into effect on November 1 after the request was rejected by a judge.

Dozens of officers were put on unpaid leave for failing to meet the city’s demands, while around 6,500 were said to have requested exemptions earlier this month.

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