Crime rise feared as NYPD faces loss of 3,000 to retirement
The department is still hemorrhaging experienced street cops faster than it's replacing them despite the class that will be sworn in in January
By Philip Messing
NEW YORK — Nearly 3,000 veteran cops who flooded the Police Academy 20 years ago as part of the NYPD's seminal Safe City, Safe Streets program are eligible to retire this month — a loss that threatens to reverse the city's historic crime drop, sources say.
A new Police Academy class is set to be sworn in this January, but the department is still hemorrhaging experienced street cops faster than it's replacing them, the sources add.