March 14, 2016

A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One

Police work can be incredibly stressful. Working the streets in a high crime area dealing with call after call, violent criminals,  hostile complainants, a hostile city administration and liberal courts breathing down your neck makes it worse. I wonder why I put up with it so long...

Four NYPD officers were murdered last year. So far in 2016, thirteen officers across the US have been shot to death and one killed via vehicular assault.

Therefore the results of a NYPD police union poll are not surprising:
The vast majority of NYPD officers who answered a new survey hate their jobs and believe they were a lot safer before Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton took office, according to a new survey by the city’s police union.

The polling of more than 6,000 of the NYPD’s roughly 24,000 rank-and-file revealed a resounding lack of passion for the job, with cops on average rating morale at just 2.49 on a scale of 1 to 10.

“The results of this survey prove what we’ve been hearing time and time again from members over the past two years — the job is more difficult than ever, the dangers are greater, and morale is extremely low,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
The City's self-serving, nonsensical response is also not surprising. Story here.


LL said...

They'll protect and serve when they frigging feel like it.

The city loses, but they don't care.

Doom said...

If I were in NYC, and a cop (or even not), I'd be looking for a way out. The politics is fomenting a major terrorist attack and tying the hands of everyone who could stop it. The feds have cut funding for special defense of NYC as well.

I'm not sure, perhaps police, as a group, need to pull out of places like Ferguson, NYC, and any city which only has a knife for their backs. Let those places pick all black police forces, limit those more than they do, etc. Some places simply need to become Detroit, if that is how the electorate votes.

Longbow said...

So get a job in the real economy. Start a business. DO SOMETHING else for a living!

sig94 said...

Civil service is not the best way to manage a workforce like the police; but it's better than the old Tammany Hall politics. You can say the same thing for just about any uniformed service including the military. There are individuals who game the system and need to get out (like that NYPD Captain who I am sure will get arrested). This is what my daughter got sick of; she is leaving the Army next January when her contract expires.