In an effort to combat an explosion of violent crimes in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams wants to nix a safety protocol enacted nearly a decade ago and force NYPD officers to walk patrols on the subways alone, without the benefit of a partner to back them up.
“We are determined to single patrol,” Adams announced on Friday, the New York Post reports. “What that is going to allow us to do is now utilize our resources in the omnipresence that we have been talking about.”
“When we made every patrol a dual patrol,” the mayor stated, “we cut our department basically in half.”
That move for dual patrol came in 2014 following the assassination of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were ambushed in Brooklyn, in broad daylight, as they sat in their marked police car.
Partnered patrols were a measure meant to mitigate the dangers of protecting the Big Apple — a point the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of the City of New York — the city’s largest police union – was quick to make.
“Solo transit patrols were abandoned because they make it harder for cops to protect straphangers and ourselves,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said. “They’re even less effective now that criminals know there are no consequences for fighting cops and resisting arrest.”
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According to one police officer, Adams isn’t being entirely honest in his explanation of the new policy. The anonymous cop believes it has more to do with reducing the number of officers that can be seen clustered together on subway platforms and cutting the amount of overtime cops can log in transit. The extra 40 – 60 hours translates into a lot of extra pay each month for the officers.
“They’re really not single [patrols] since they’re across the platform in view of their partner,” the officer said. “They can’t stand next to each other and be on the same platform.”
As if to confirm the source’s story, one Post reporter noted at least seven cops hanging together at the Third Avenue – 149th Street station after Adams’ unrelated Bronx press conference.
“Other rank-and-file cops were ‘pissed’ and taken by surprise by the mayor’s comments,” the Post reported.
An NYPD spokesperson offered little in the way of details surrounding the new policy, saying only that the “NYPD continues to assess conditions in the New York City Transit System and will continue to adjust deployments as appropriate.”
It is unclear when the new policy will take effect.
The move towards single patrol may have something to do with the number of officers who are retiring from the NYPD.
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As BizPac Review reported last week, as of May 31, more than 1,500-plus cops have said goodbye to the NYPD, “with about one-third of those stepping down through pre-retirement resignations,” in what is reportedly on track to be “the biggest exodus of officers since the statistics have been available.”
Citing anti-cop hostility, bail reform, and rising crime, one police officer said, “The city is out of control — especially since bail reform,” a reference to the state’s disastrous catch-and-release policy.
Fewer recruits are signing up to fill the depleted staff, with a third of the seats in the latest police academy class remaining empty.
According to Lynch, “The NYPD is sliding deeper into a staffing crisis that will ultimately hurt public safety.”
In a statement posted on Twitter, Lynch said the move will only worsen the NYPD staffing shortage, not double the staff, as Adams implied.
“We can’t fix the NYPD staffing crisis by spreading our overstretched resources even thinner,” Lynch said. “New York City police officers are overburdened, underpaid and leaving in droves — this proposal will only accelerate the exodus.”
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 17, 2022
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