‘Perps are emboldened to fight’: NYPD officers being injured in record numbers

A record number of New York’s Finest were injured on the job in 2023, as violent crime continues to plague the Big Apple.

According to a review of department data by the New York Post, “A total of 1,286 NYPD officers were injured in battles with suspects over the last quarter of 2023, bringing the final annual tally to a record 5,363 injured cops.”

“The number of cops hurt by suspects surged 20% in 2022, when 4,724 uniformed officers suffered injuries in attacks, compared to 3,933 in 2021,” the outlet reports. “The 5,363 attacks in 2023 was 13% higher than the previous year (4,737).”

Officers are most at risk of getting hurt in the Bronx.

The Post reports:

The 40th Precinct in Mott Haven, the Bronx, was the most dangerous battleground, where 135 cops were injured during struggles with lawbreakers, the stats show.

Next, with 129 injuries, was the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, which covers East New York and Cypress Hills.

The 46th Precinct (128), 44th Precinct (126) and 47th Precinct (117), all in the Bronx, rounded out the Top 5 most dangerous areas for the city’s Finest.

“No real surprises here – all very busy commands where perps are emboldened to fight,” one law enforcement source told the outlet.

Experts attribute the terrible trend to “radical protests, an influx of criminal migrants, bail reform, anti-cop rhetoric and soft-on-crime prosecutors.”

Assaults on NYPD officers have reached a “full-blown epidemic,” according to Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry.

“Even the simplest summonses are turning into all-out brawls,” he told The Post. “Our justice system needs to send a clear message, once and for all — is you assault a police officer, you will stay in jail.”

With New York’s current leadership, that seems unlikely.

As BizPac Review reported, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg initially released four of the seven illegal migrants accused of attacking two officers in Times Square without bail, despite some of the suspects’ lengthy rap sheets.

After 25 years on the job, former NYPD Lt. Rob Corbett retired in April 2022 from the force because of the “state of the laws” in the Big Apple.

Corbett “was hit in the face with a flying brick while trying to keep the peace near the Barclay Center in Brooklyn and later in Clinton Hill” during the 2020 George Floyd riots, according to The Post. He required stitches and “extensive dental work.”

“I couldn’t do it [the NYPD job] anymore, given the state of the laws, you know, the changes to the laws and all of that stuff as well,” he told the outlet this week. “So it wasn’t the profession it was just where I was doing the profession.”

The officer finally left New York City for Florida, where he’s now “a cop near Orlando.”

“It’s so much friendlier down here,” Corbett said. “You know, it’s a better place to be a cop and the laws are so much better.”

“I gave up my rank and my seniority, you know, started from scratch at a huge pay cut,” the police officer said. “But the quality of life is a million times better.”

Melissa Fine

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