New York’s Police Department Could See a Loss of Over 4,000 Officers By the End of This Year – And That Isn’t Good News

by Nov 9, 2022Police Department0 comments

Law enforcement veteran Michael Letts explains why a change is direly needed in terms of how the NYPD is run.

With crime rising to unstoppable levels in some cities, one would think that things couldn’t get worse for the state of some police departments. However, that isn’t the case for New York.

In a report previously filed on the National Police website, retired officer Steve Pomper discusses the state of the New York Police Department, and how it lost over 2,000 over the last couple of years alone – including unfair dismissals over some refusing to get a required COVID vaccine.

But with crime on the rise and Governor Kathy Hochul’s newly written rules surrounding gun control, things could get worse. A recent story by the New York Post indicates that over 4,000 officers could leave their post by the end of the year. “For New York’s Finest, surging crime, bail reform, anti-cop hostility, the defund-the-police movement, and battles over the city’s vaccination mandate are signs that it’s time to go.”

Perhaps the biggest statement comes from the Post’s recent interview with a veteran officer who left the force, noting, “the NYPD has…become worse. I didn’t…know that was possible.”

Here to speak on the matter now is Michael Letts, who has 30 years of law enforcement under his belt. Letts currently serves as president, founder and CEO for InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. His expertise will be most helpful on this matter.

Q&A:

  1. Out of all the reasons listed, what do you think is the biggest factor when it comes to New York police officers leaving their post?
  2. How discouraging is it for you to see officers leave, especially with some abandoning their pension for the sake of attaining peace of mind?
  3. Who do you think is the biggest person to blame for this matter? Is it Governor Hochul’s rules, or perhaps someone else? Maybe a combination of people?
  4. One former police officer from Queens noted that he left because it was the job has become “unsustainable” – “financially, mentally, everything about it.” Do you believe this is the case? Or is there something that can be done to save them from this mentality?
  5. There seem to be a lot of good officers walking the beat, but facing all sorts of hell from the “defund the police” believers, especially those in higher office. How much does this frustrate you, especially when there’s potential to make them quit the force as well?
  6. Do you think the vaccination mandate was an unnecessary move on the part of the New York police department? Do you believe a lot of jobs could’ve been saved without it?
  7. What do you want to say to the officers that are still out there doing their job, against all odds?
  8. Tell us more about InVest USA, and how it’s helping police officers, especially in their time of need.
  9. Where can we learn more about In-Vest USA, and how people can contribute to the group?

You can visit the official website at http://www.investusa.org.