An officer sits in a NYPD car. | AP Photo/Julio Cortez
A wave of police officer retirements may help spare the NYPD from potential layoffs being demanded of other city agencies.
The number of NYPD officers leaving the job has surged this year during the coronavirus pandemic and mass protests against police brutality that broke out after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, according to department figures.Advertisement
From March 1 through Aug. 11, there were 1,129 officer retirements and 1,550 officers who filed for retirement, NYPD stats show. During the same period last year, 933 officers retired and 841 filed for retirement. That amounts to a jump of more than 50 percent in retirements and filings this year.
While Mayor Bill de Blasio has demanded job cuts from agencies across the board, the NYPD is not being directed to do layoffs, POLITICO first reported. The department may be allowed to instead hit its job cut targets through attrition because so many officers have retired, according to people familiar with the budget talks.
The mayor has threatened to lay off 22,000 workers in October because of a massive budget gap driven by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic collapse it triggered. The layoffs could be called off if the city gets federal funding or permission to borrow money — or if it strikes a deal with unions to cut labor costs in other ways.
The NYPD’s budget has been a major source of controversy in recent months, with ac
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