There's been a huge work slowdown by NYC police officers and the top brass are not taking it.
For the past month, the number of arrests, summonses and tickets issued has dropped dramatically, and many consider it a purposeful slowdown by officers who are angry at Mayor Bill de Blasio. Drops in ticket writing have been as much as 90% in some precincts.
Now police officials have decided to try and remedy the problem that is causing the city coffers to take a financial hit.
“Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses,” said a union source. “This is the same practice that caused officers to be labeled racist and abusers of power.”
“Everyone here is under orders — no time off” during the summons catch-up blitz, said one cop at the 105th Precinct in Queens. “And the majority of [new] summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way."
One police officer summed up what prompted the new rules. "If they observe an armed robbery in progress, an officer's going to do what needs to be done. But you're not going out looking for the bad guys."
To answer this slowdown, cops on the Thursday/Friday overnight shift at the 105th bordering Nassau County were ordered by the lieutenant to create a driver checkpoint at Springfield Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue.
No one was to return to the precinct or even take a meal break until two summonses were logged, the officer said.
“To have all the manpower utilized for the sole purpose of writing summonses is a very dangerous way to utilize manpower,” the anonymous cop continued. “This is not what we’re out here for.”
In addition to no new days off, there are to be no sick days without a doctor’s note.