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NYPD Officers Are Fed Up And Leaving

You can't blame them.

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I have a cousin whose husband was an NYPD officer for many years. After 2020 he had enough. He left and now has a good job with another NY state police department. He’s not the only blue hero who was, and is, fed up.

Fox: “Over 1,000 New York City police officers have filed to leave the department in 2022, raising doubts about the city’s ability to maintain a substantive police force and maintain safety and security.

Former NYPD detective Jason Caputo and Blue Lives Matter NYC founder Joe Imperatrice weighed in on the law enforcement exodus on “Fox & Friends First” Monday, arguing that incentives for working with The Big Apple’s police force no longer exist.”

“You’re losing qualified [people], you’re losing experience, you’re losing so much when it comes to that kind of stuff,” Caputo commented.

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“I have actually seen other people also go to other departments who have they just got trained by the NYPD have left for greener pastures for more money or just not this type of government that doesn’t back you at all.”

Caputo said the city is “steering away” from encouraging officers to apprehend criminals, adding that city and NYPD leaders are “putting victims and police in jeopardy.”

On choke holds? “The progressive city council would have went after an officer [if they had done the same move], they would have went after their job,” Imperatrice said. “Any type of fight – especially martial arts – you end up on the ground, and that’s what it’s all about; you’re trying to subdue the individual. That MMA fighter did nothing wrong, but he had to use his body weight to subdue them until officers arrived…”

Caputo said, “I wouldn’t really encourage that many people to take this job anymore…People are just fed up with this job, actually,” he continued. “The more you talk to people in the office, the more you talk to the cops, they’re like this job is not what I thought it was going to be. Guys in my position… this is not the job I joined. When I was a cop, when it came on, we were out there. We were doing our job… Our bosses backed us, our city backed us, the state backed us. Now, it’s not like that.

“In the last couple of years I see that it’s more of an off-hands approach to policing,” Caputo said. “Police officers are actually unwilling to actually put their hands on people because they know the risks not only of their career, their future, their family, for that matter, too, because you could be sued at any moment and the job won’t actually back you if they have any inkling of that, you did one thing wrong.

“So you’re going to have a whole bunch of police officers that don’t want to put their hands on people or actually, in effect, interact,” he continued. “They put themselves in danger as well as the public.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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