The New York City Police Department is reportedly suffering through its highest rate of resignations in nearly two decades.
About 1,225 police officers have resigned from their posts through November before reaching five years of service, per a report from the New York Times. It is the largest exit of officers from the NYPD since 2002.
The report also indicates the number of total officers who have resigned through November is about 3,200, which is also a 20-year high.
Recently released crime statistics from the NYPD show that crime was down by 1.2% in Nov. 2022, compared with Nov. 2021, but last month’s figures are up nearly 25.5% when compared with Nov. 2019.
New York Mayor Eric Adams has pushed back on the NYPD several times since he took office in January, including telling citizens to inform his office when they see police officers on cellphones on subways and telling officers not to talk to each other on the streets.
Recently Adams has attempted to help the NYPD by focusing on policies to crack down on crime in the Big Apple, but the push has met resistance from liberal activists in the city.